ST. PAUL, Minn. – After losing its first game of the season on Wednesday night, the St. Thomas women's soccer team came back on a mission Saturday afternoon, defeating St. Catherine University 1-0 at South Field.
The Tommies scored the eventual game-winning goal in the fourth minute and shut down six scoring chances for the Wildcats to secure their ninth shutout of the year. With the win, St. Thomas remains unbeaten in MIAC play and is now 11-1-1 overall and 6-0-1 against league opponents, while St. Kate's drops to 9-3-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the MIAC.
The Tommies got on the scoreboard early with the go-ahead goal at the 3:24 mark of the first half. Junior Hailey Zweber started the play, centering from the left side. Sophomore Mallory DeBoom received the pass and buried it in the back of the net to score her third goal of the season and give her team the early lead.
The Wildcats had a scoring chance a minute later, but the chance was thwarted by senior keeper Tarynn Theilig and St. Thomas' lead remained intact heading to halftime.
St. Catherine put the pressure on offensively throughout the second half. The Wildcats put five shots on target in the final 45 minutes, sending everything forward to try and create the equalizer.
Their best chance came with 5:27 remaining. St. Catherine's Julia Zyla fired a shot from the right side. It looked as if it would sneak in under the cross bar, but Theilig stood tall, leaping into the air and deflecting the shot over the crossbar and out of play.
From there, the Tommie defense held strong to secure the 1-0 victory.
For the game, St. Kate's finished on top in shots (11-8) and shots on goal (6-3). The Wildcats also created three corner kick chances, as compared to two for the Tommies.
In goal, Theilig came up big, making six saves on the way to collecting her ninth shutout of the season. Shelby Fehringer made two saves in the loss for the Wildcats, while splitting time with Tayler Koop.
St. Thomas will be right back at it tomorrow, when the Tommies host UW-Eau Claire for a 3:00 pm kickoff at South Field.