Oct 10, 2017
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Homecoming weekend Oct. 6-8 proved magical for St. Thomas sports teams.
In head-to-head contests, Tommie teams went 9-0 in volleyball, football, soccer and men's cross country.
The impressive Saturday showing included rare shutout, on-campus victories on the same day in football (21-0 over previously-unbeaten Concordia), men's soccer (2-0 over Carleton) and women's soccer (3-0 over Carleton).
It's been at least 24 seasons since all three of those UST programs had shutout victories on the same day -- home or away.
Volleyball won all 12 sets it played on the weekend in a 4-0 match sweep at the UW-Oshkosh tournament.
Men's soccer added a 1-0 home victory over St. Scholastica on Sunday.
Men's cross country contributed a Saturday dual-meet win over Hamline.
St. Thomas has a combined record of 45-8-1 in football, volleyball and soccer through Oct. 10 play.
Saturday's action was particularly fun for Paula and Gary Trettel, who were able to watch two children compete and help their teams to victory.
Junior running back Tucker Trettel rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns to help the first-place Tommies top the No. 15-ranked Cobbers in a 1:10 p.m. contest at Palmer Field. Later at 3:30 p.m., 200 yards to the south, his sister freshman Tessa Trettel scored her first collegiate goal to give St. Thomas a lead it would never relinquish in a 3-0 soccer victory.
"The timing of the games worked out great for Paula and me, our daughter Tatum, and one set of grandparents to be able to attend both games on Saturday," Gary explained. "In fact, Tucker even made it over to the soccer field just in time to see Tessa make that first goal."
Trettel, an All-America running back for St. Thomas during a career that concluded in 1990, said it's been interesting to have children compete for UST's Glenn Caruso and Sheila McGill, coaches with similar attention to detail. "We feel very lucky to watch both kids have the opportunity to represent St. Thomas -- and most importantly get a great education."
St. Thomas and North Central (Ill.) are the only Division III institutions to have two fall men's teams ranked in the top five in the nation. The Tommies have moved into fifth in both the men's soccer (12-1) and in the AFCA football (5-1) polls. North Central is ranked No. 1 in men's cross country and No. 4 in football.
Current NCAA nationally ranked teams at UST are:
No. 5, Men's Soccer
No. 5/6, Football
No. 19, Volleyball
Women's and Men's Cross Country are regionally ranked.
In a battle of nationally-ranked teams, No. 19-ranked St. Thomas (19-4 overall, 5-0 MIAC) has a showdown match at No. 11-ranked Gustavus (19-3, 5-1) Wednesday in MIAC play. The contest starts in St. Peter at 7 p.m. UST also plays on the road Saturday at Augsburg.
Coach Thanh Pham's Tommies went 12-0 in sets last weekend to win four matches at the UW-Oshkosh Invite.
St. Thomas needs one win to reach 20 victories for the 18th time in 19 seasons.
Senior Emily Thul received her third career All-MIAC honor (top-10 MIAC meet finish) to lead the Tommies to third place out of 11 teams last weekend at the 54-hole MIAC Championships in Becker, Minn.
Thul tied for second individually a field of 52 players at 227 (77-74-76), three strokes off the lead. Her score tied for third lowest since the league went to a 54-hole format in 2006.
The competition closed out the Tommie women's fall season.
St. Thomas closes its fall season as it competes next Sunday through Tuesday in the 54-hole Golfweek Preview Tournament in Sandestin, Fla. UST won this elite event in 2015 and placed 10th last fall.
Coach Scott Proshek's Tommies, who received votes just off the top 25 in the most recent national poll, have secured the MIAC's automatic qualifying berth for the May 2018 national meet.
The Florida competition will provide a look at the best Division III will offer with 14 of the nation's top 23 teams competing. The field is led by Nos. 1-7 Texas Tyler, Huntingdon, Emory, Illinois Wesleyan, Methodist, Guilford and Concordia-Texas. UW-Eau Claire and MIAC runner-up St. John's are also competing in the tournament.
Men's Cross Country
The Tommies, ranked eighth in the region, compete Saturday at the UW-La Crosse Invite in Ettrick, Wis. Race time is 10:30 a.m.
Coach Pete Wareham's squad had 14 of the top 19 finishers last Saturday in a dual-meet win over Hamline. Wachter clocked 12:32 for the 2.5-mile race to win by eight seconds. Carl Kozlowski placed third in 12:44.
UST's current top 10 includes sophomores Wachter, Spencer Urick, Scott Helstad, George McGivern and Collin Kiley, plus freshman Kozlowski.
Seniors Adam Berkowitz and Andrew Fritz will run their 21st career cross country races on Saturday.
St. Thomas (9-2-1 overall, 5-2 MIAC) has posted a pair of 3-0 wins in conference play in recent days against Carleton and Concordia. UST has moved within one point of the MIAC lead with four games to play, just behind co-leaders Augsburg and St. Olaf (both 5-1-1).
Freshman keeper Katie Lynn is 8-0 in net and has allowed just one goal in her eight games.
Junior Mallory DeBoom scored a goal and an assist to lead Tuesday's road win against the Cobbers. St. Thomas is 31-0-2 in games on her career when DeBoom scores a goal or an assist. DeBoom also has 15 career game-winning goals.
Women's Cross Country
The Tommies will have athletes running at two sites on Saturday Oct. 14. Coach Joe Sweeney's top 10 runners will compete in the St. Louis area in Elsah, Ill., at the Pre-Nationals race. Warm temperatures are in the forecast, and the noon start likely will be moved up to avoid the high-noon sun.
UST will also have athletes running at the UW-La Crosse Invite in Ettrick, Wis. Race time is 11:30 a.m.
The Toms, off competition last weekend, placed second in two multi-team meets in September.
Five of the Tommies' top seven runners at the Sept. 30 Carleton Invite were sophomores Becca Wilkin, Katie Breuckman, Jenny Launder and Sara Ness, and freshman Jenny Scheurerman.
St. Thomas' current 24-game football win streak over conference opponents leads all 236 Division III programs and ranks in the top five among all NCAA institutions. The Toms are unblemished in conference play since an Oct. 2014 defeat at Bethel.
Division II power Northwest Missouri leads all national teams with 34 consecutive conference victories, while Alabama leads FBS teams with 20 SEC wins in a row. Linfield (Ore.) is tied for second in D-III at 19.
The Tommie defense has allowed opponents just 55 plays per game, which ranks third fewest in D-III and fifth among all NCAA programs. North Dakota State leads all NCAA institutions at 50 plays allowed per game.
The UST defense also ranks second nationally in rushing defense (40.2 jpg) and total defense (201 ypg), and ranks first in team tackles for loss (60).
The Tommies (5-1 overall, 4-0 MIAC) have a bye this week and play Oct. 21 at Hamline.
St. Thomas recorded four shutout wins in a nine-day span from Sept. 30-Oct. 8. The fifth-ranked Tommies (12-1 overall, 6-0 MIAC) have allowed just eight goals in 13 matches this season with six shutouts. Junior keeper Aidan Hogan has recorded 17 shutouts on his career.
Coach Jon Lowery's team plays Wednesday afternoon at Concordia-Moorhead and again Sunday in non-conference against UW-Platteville.
Senior Shae Bottom scored two of the team's three goals last weekend in victories over Carleton and St. Scholastica. The Tommies are 24-1 in games on Bottom's career when he scores a goal or an assist (20 wins in row).