DALLAS, Texas – Junior Brielle Bierman scored a breakaway goal in the opening minute of the second overtime to give the St. Thomas women's soccer team a thrilling 1-0 victory over the University of La Verne Saturday night at the UT-Dallas Comet Classic.
With the win, the St. Thomas improves to 2-0-0, the first Tommie team to do so since 2010, when it went on to finish the season 11-7-1. La Verne opens its season 0-1-0.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first 45 minutes. The Leopards held the advantage in shots (7-4) and shots on goal (4-1), but could not find the elusive score as the Tommie defense and senior goalkeeper Tarynn Theilig held strong.
The second half proved to be much of the same. La Verne outshot St. Thomas again after the break, this time with an 8-5 edge and a 5-1 tally on target. Although collecting just two shots on goal in regulation, the Tommie defense was stout to force overtime.
In the extra period, the Tommies turned things around offensively, outshooting La Verne 4-1 and notching the only shot on goal in the 10-minute period. However, their one opportunity went awry and the two teams made their way to a second overtime with the momentum favoring the Purple.
Just 30 seconds into the second overtime, Brielle Bierman struck gold when she took a lead pass from sophomore Mallory DeBoom to create a breakaway opportunity. Bierman made good on the chance, finding the back of the net and sending her team on to victory. The goal came on her first shot of the season and marked her fifth career game-winner.
For the game, St. Thomas yielded 14 shots and four shots on goal, compared to 16 and nine, respectively, for La Verne. Each team also recorded four corner kicks and an even seven fouls.
In goal, Taryn Theilig racked up nine saves in the shutout win, as she logged all 100 plus minutes and improves to 2-0-0 on the year. Her counterpart, Heather Seman, made three saves in the season-opening loss.
The Tommies will be back in action again on Monday night when they take on host UT-Dallas for a 7:00 pm start.