STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The St. Thomas women's soccer team opened its 2016 season with a bang, defeating UW-Stevens Point 3-0 on Thursday afternoon at the Point Soccer Bowl. St. Thomas opens the year 1-0-0, while the Pointers begin 0-1-0.
The Tommies used a pair of early goals to take a 2-0 lead to the half, and they never looked back. The three-goal outburst comes after the Tommie women scored three or more goals in a game just three times last season.
Sophomore Mallory DeBoom, last season's leading goal scorer for the Tommies, struck first in the 13th minute. DeBoom got behind the Pointer defense and took a lead pass from junior Sara Osborne, one that she put to good use, as she hammered it home to put St. Thomas on top 1-0 in the early going.
Fellow sophomore McKenna Peplinski followed DeBoom 12 minutes later, when she scored her second career goal and first of the season. The Tommies took advantage of a Stevens Point turnover deep in its own zone. Senior Taylor Skorik crossed a ball to Peplinski, who put it away to give St. Thomas a 2-0 lead heading to the break.
Skorik took her turn to score in the second half, when she scored the final insurance goal almost 10 minutes after the break. Junior Brielle Bierman set the play up when she brought the ball to the end line and sent a cross to Skorik, who drilled it home to seal the score at 3-0 in favor of the Purple.
St. Thomas dominated in the shots category, outshooting the Pointers by a staggering count of 27-1. Of those 27 shots, 11 were on target for the Tommies, while Point neglected to register a shot on goal. St. Thomas also finished with a 12-0 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal, senior Tarynn Theilig opened the season 1-0-0 after logging 70:50 between the posts. She faced just one shot. For Point, Olivia Mecham made eight saves in the loss.
St. Thomas will be back in action again on Saturday night when they travel to Dallas, Texas to take on the University of La Verne at 7:00 pm.