ST. PAUL – For the fifth consecutive time to start the season, the St. Thomas women's soccer team held its opponent scoreless and came out victorious in a 3-0 win over Wartburg College on Saturday afternoon at South Field.
The Tommies got a pair of goals in the first half and added another in the second to secure the victory and improve to 5-0-0 on the season. The Knights suffer their first loss of the season and drop to 4-1-1.
St. Thomas got going early on Saturday thanks to a goal in the 13th minute. Freshman Elizabeth Luotto scored on a header chance off a corner kick from junior Hailey Zweber. Luotto found the end of it and put one away to score her first collegiate goal and put her team on top 1-0.
Eight minutes later, sophomore McKenna Peplinski scored her second goal of the season to extend the lead. Senior Taylor Skorik sent a pass into the box, where Peplisnki was able to bury it from center.
Along with the 2-0 lead, St. Thomas also held a 10-6 shot advantage at the half, including a 3-1 edge in shots on goal.
It took less than 10 minutes into the second half for the Tommies to get their fiinal insurance goal. Junior Brielle Bierman put away a rebound after Mallory DeBoom's shot hit the cross bar. The goal was Bierman's third of the season and put the game out of reach for the Knights, who did not record a shot on goal after the half.
For the game, the Tommies outshot Wartburg 18-11, which included a 4-1 mark on target. St. Thomas also tallied eight corner kicks to Wartburg's six.
In goal, senior Tarynn Theilig kept her scoreless streak alive, recording her fourth complete shutout of the season. She and the rest of the Tommie defense have yet to allow a goal on the season. Her counterpart, Beth Crow, made just one save and allowed three goals in her first loss of the year.
The Tommies will take to the field again on Wednesday when they open MIAC play when they travel to St. Joseph, Minn., to take on Saint Benedict. That game is set for a 4:00 pm start.