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July Rewind: Several '17-18 sports make postseason runs

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

Editor's Note: Starting July 7 and running through the rest of the month, Tommiesports.com will highlight 25 memorable events from St. Thomas' successful 2017-18 athletics year

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Postseason Runs for FB, Softball, M. Soccer, W. Hoops

The 2017-18 Tommie teams made deep postseason runs in four NCAA "bracket" sports: Men's Soccer (5-1), Softball (7-2), Women's Hoops (4-1) and Football (2-1).

In the process those four sports alone collected three MIAC playoff crowns and four top-10 NCAA finishes, with a combined postseason won-loss record of 18-5.

Overall, the Tommies qualified for MIAC and/or postseason play in 11 of its 12 bracket sports. Nine of the other 10 UST sports had a team or at least one individual compete in NCAA postseason regional or national tournaments.

The Toms' combined postseason record was 23-13-1, including a 17-1-1 mark on campus. UST Women's Soccer went 1-1-1 in three postseason games, including an NCAA playoff shutout win against Wartburg. Tommie Baseball went 2-2 in the conference playoffs with a pair of one-run losses.

Tommie Men's Soccer started its postseason with five victories by a combined 16-5 margin, as it topped Hamline, Macalester, UW-Superior, Loras and Otterbein. On the road in Chicago in the national quarterfinal playoff round, UST had its 19-game win streak halted with a 1-0 loss to North Park (Ill.), the eventual NCAA runner-up.

Tommie Football topped Eureka and Berry at home, but lost in Texas in the national playoff quarterfinals to eventual NCAA runner-up Mary Hardin-Baylor, 24-10, ending a 10-game win streak. The latter game was tied 10-10 in the fourth quarter.

St. Thomas Women's Hoops went 4-0 at home to claim the MIAC playoff title and later advance into the NCAA Sweet 16 round. UST lost in overtime in Iowa to East Texas Baptist, 61-58, to end a 20-game win streak and close with a 27-3 record.

St. Thomas Softball had a 6-0 run through the conference playoffs and the start of its NCAA playoff bid, including a no-hitter by Hayley Dunning in a 1-0 win over Central. UST missed the eight-team national tournament by one victory as it lost two of three in Iowa at Luther College, the eventual third-place finisher. 

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Previous July Rewind stories:

July 7: Men's S&D Rule the Pool

July 8: Women's T&F Quartet Saves Best for Last

July 9: Academics, Give Em an A

July 10: UST Coaches get MIAC, Region Honors