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Men’s soccer stays unbeaten with 2 OT win

Johnny Mulvahill (Mark Brown photo)
Johnny Mulvahill (Mark Brown photo)

ELMHURST, Ill. – The St. Thomas men's soccer team defeated the University of Puget Sound by the score of 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at Elmhurst College to improve to 3-0-0 on the year.  The Loggers drop to 2-1-0.

Sophomore Pierce Erickson scored his third goal in three games to get the Tommies on the scoreboard in the 21st minute.  Erickson took a long pass from fellow sophomore Shae Bottum, took two touches and blasted a shot that stayed on the ground and squirmed past Logger goalkeeper Daniel Kirsch to put St. Thomas in front 1-0.

UST took the one-goal lead in to halftime after outshooting Puget Sound 3-2 in the opening 45 minutes.  The Loggers held the advantage in corner kicks with a count of 4-0.

Puget Sound evened the score just four minutes in to the second half when Vincent Von Luehrte scored his first goal of the season.  The goal was unassisted and would eventually send the game to overtime, despite the Tommies extending their shot advantage to 9-4. 

St. Thomas had two scoring chances in the final minute of the first overtime, but could not connect and the game went to a second overtime.

It took just three minutes to decide a winner in the second extra frame.  Senior Mark Heydt started the play, sending the ball into the box.  Johnny Mulvahill won the battle in a scrum in front of the net and sent it home to give the Tommies the thrilling 2-1 win. 

St. Thomas did not allow Puget Sound a single shot in either of the overtimes, extending its shot advantage to 14-4 on the afternoon.  The Loggers finished with a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. 

Junior Grant Larson recorded his third win of the season, and allowed just the first goal in those three games.  Daniel Kirsch suffered the loss for Puget Sound, registering five saves, and falls to 2-1-0 on the year.

The Tommies will finish up their three-game trip to the Chicago area on Tuesday, Sept. 8 when they take on Aurora University for a 2:00 pm kickoff.