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Tuesday Talk: Revenge theme gives, takes away

Tuesday Talk: Revenge theme gives, takes away

Revenge was realized last Saturday in Division III sports from Waverly, Iowa, to UST's campus, to Collegeville.

That was good news for Tommie Women's Soccer and Volleyball.

But it was bad news for Tommie Football:

  • No. 16-ranked St. Thomas Women's Soccer got payback in its home match with conference title contender St. Catherine. After losing 1-0 to SCU last season on the road, the Tommies won 1-0 at South Field to keep its cushion atop the standings. Coach Sheila McGill's Toms (13-1) extended their win streak to 13 and moved to 7-0 atop the conference as they continue to control their own fate in the MIAC race.
  • UST Volleyball settled into a five-set marathon with Wartburg in a non-conference road contest, but came away with a 3-2 victory capped by a 15-9 final set. That avenged a five-set loss to the Knights last November in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. Coach Thanh Pham's team (18-7) is closing in on another 20-win season for the program and trying to keep alive hopes for an NCAA playoff berth.
  • Tommie Football had several streaks end with an odd 40-20 road loss to St. John's in a showdown of top-10 ranked teams. St. John's ended a four-game losing streak in the series and a four-game losing streak to St. Thomas on its home field. The Toms dropped from No. 3 to No. 7 and 10 in the national polls. The Johnnies moved up a few slots to No. 5 and now control their own destiny in the conference race.

Tommie Women's Soccer is 26-3-2 in October play over the last three seasons, including the 2017 loss at St. Kate's.


Up Next

Six St. Thomas sports teams are in action starting this Wednesday through next Saturday.

Women's Soccer (Wednesday), Football (Saturday) and Women's and Men's Swim-Dive (Saturday) will compete on campus.


Did You Know?

St. Thomas has started out with a combined 47-12-1 record in football, soccer and volleyball (19-3-1 at home). Six of the 12 losses have come against teams ranked in the top 20 nationally.


Men's Stat of the Week

St. Thomas' football special teams blocked a field-goal try and two PAT kicks Saturday at St. John's, credited to Matt Mitchell, Mark Dowdle and David Danhauer. They have five blocks in six games this season and 16 blocks over the last four seasons.


Women's Stat of the Week

St. Thomas senior All-America Mallory DeBoom scored her 18th career game-winning goal (37th overall goal) in Saturday's 1-0 home victory over St. Catherine.


Poll Talk

St. Thomas is ranked nationally in Football (No. 7), Men's Golf (No. 13), Women's Soccer (No. 16), Men's Cross Country (No. 29) and Women's Cross Country (No. 32).


Streak Talk

Tommie Football has won 81 games in a row when it limits opponents to 19 or less points and 81 in a row when it leads at halftime.

St. Thomas Men's Soccer has won 46 consecutive games when it scores two or more goals. The Toms are unbeaten in their last 14 overtime games, too (10-0-4). 

St. Thomas Women's Soccer has won 13 in a row this season. Coach Sheila McGill's team is 64-0-1 since September 2010 in games when it scores two or more goals (2-2 tie at home last September against UW-La Crosse).


Swim & Dive

The 2018-19 winter sports season officially kicks off next Saturday at Anderson Pool as the Tommies play host to the St. Thomas Relays. Diving starts at 9:30 a.m., and swim events start at 1 p.m. No team scores will be kept.

Coach Scott Blanchard's team has swept the MIAC team championships each of the last three years.

The women will return more than two dozen athletes, led by senior All-America Katelyn Strauss. The men return more than 20 athletes, led by senior Tom Negaard.

St. Thomas has 10 home competitions this winter.


Women's Soccer

The first-place and No. 16-ranked Tommies (13-1 overall, 7-0 MIAC) are home Wednesday (4 p.m.) to play Concordia-Moorhead. The Toms also play Saturday at St. Olaf.

St. Thomas has outscored opponents 39-4 during its current 13-match win streak, with nine shutouts. That includes a 19-1 advantage in the second halves and overtime.

On the last four seasons, the Tommies have an conference-best 44 shutouts.


Women's Cross Country

St. Thomas Women's Cross Country placed 16th of 52 teams at Saturday's D-III Pre-National Meet near Oshkosh, Wis. The No. 32-ranked Tommies beat one top-25-ranked team and finished behind 14 other ranked teams.

UST's top four finishers had just a 10-second split: freshman Olivia Moll was 86th (23:39); Martha Hubbell placed 91st (23:42); Becca Wilkin was 95th (23:44); Amber Matzoll took 103rd (23:49).

Molly Clarke placed 143rd (24:15); soph Carly Scheuerman placed 160th (24:24); and freshman Caroline Johnson took 188th (24:43).

The Tommies also had some runners compete at the UW-La Crosse Invite. Katie Breuckman placed 65th out of 262 finishers in 24:16.

The Toms are off competition until the MIAC Championships Oct. 27 at St. Olaf.


Men's Cross Country

No. 29-ranked St. Thomas Men's Cross Country got a career-best time from junior Karl Wachter to lead a seventh-place finish in a large field last Saturday at the Connecticut College Invite. Wachter clocked 25:10 and placed eighth in a field of 402 finishers.

UST sophomore Carl Kozlowski took 56th (26:04); junior Collin Kiley placed 71st (26:11); senior Parker Rosenau took 75th (26:14); freshman Biel Wiel was 82nd (26:17); freshman Mac Karrick took 94th (26:26); and freshman Adam Ebent placed 211th (27:24). 

St. Thomas also had several runners compete at the La Crosse Invite in Ettrick, Wis. Junior George McGivern led that UST contingent with a time of 27:20 for 79th place in a field of 294 finishers.

The Toms are off competition until the MIAC Championships Oct. 27 at St. Olaf.


Men's Soccer

Regionally-ranked St. Thomas (11-3-1 overall, 4-2-1 MIAC) went 4-0 in an eight-day span from Oct. 7-14. The Tommies outscored Carthage, Concordia, Northwestern-St. Paul and St. Scholastica 13-2.

Will Kidd scored three goals in two wins last weekend. The Toms are 13-0-1 in games on his career when he scores a point. Andrew Steumpfig has three goals and one assist in the current four-game win streak.

The Toms, chasing a top-two conference finish, play Saturday afternoon at St. Olaf.



St. Thomas (5-1 overall, 3-1 MIAC) will try to reset its season starting Saturday at home against Carleton. Kickoff is 1:10 p.m. at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.

Coach Glenn Caruso's team knows it probably has to win all four remaining MIAC contests to keep alive its NCAA playoff hopes.

At St. Johns last Saturday, the Toms weren't sharp in critical phases and lost by 20 points. UST's seven turnovers and struggles in pass defense offset their 609 yards of offense.

The Tommies blocked a field goal and two PATs, had one fumble recovery and two interceptions, and had a career-best 256-yard rushing day by senior Josh Parks. That included a school-record 92-yard TD run in the first quarter. Parks is second among all 660 NCAA players in yards per rush at 9.7.



St. Thomas (18-7 overall, 5-2 MIAC) has five regular-season matches remaining (four against MIAC opponents) starting this Friday night and Saturday afternoon with road tests against Bethel and St. Mary's.

UST lost freshman hitter Fran Egan to an injury on the second play of the night against No. 11-ranked Gustavus, and she didn't return. That set a bad tone as the Toms fell 3-1.

The Tommies rebounded Saturday with two wins in Iowa, including a 3-2 road victory over Wartburg. UST has won 10 of the last 12.