Men’s soccer gets big win over No. 15 Macalester

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 24th-ranked St. Thomas men's soccer took down No. 15 Macalester College 1-0 on Friday night at Macalester Stadium.  The Tommies got the only goal of the game in the 17th minute and held on from there to remain unbeaten on the season. 

St. Thomas is now 10-0-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the MIAC, while Macalester drops to 8-2-2 overall and 3-1-1 in league play.  The Tommies also extend their lead in the MIAC standings to six points over the Scots.

Only two shots were recorded in the opening 16 minutes of play.  Both came from the Scots, as the home team had the early chances. 

However, in the 17th minute, a yellow card on Macalester's Max Kent in his own half of the field gave the Tommies a free kick from 20 yards out. 

Senior Mark Heydt took advantage of the opportunity, burying the kick in the back of the net to score his team-leading fifth goal of the season and give his team the 1-0 lead midway through the first half.

The Tommies went on to hold the upper hand through the rest of the first half, as they held Macalester to just one shot in the remaining 28-plus minutes.  St. Thomas concluded the half with a shot advantage of 4-3, but the Scots generated two shots on net, to just one for the Tommies.

The Scots came back to outshoot the Purple 8-2 in the second half, but to no avail, as the Tommie defense held strong to close out the shutout win.

For the game, Macalester held the upper hand in shots 11-6, but the two teams were even in shots on goal with two each.  Macalester also generated four corner kicks compared to three for St. Thomas.

In net, Aidan Hogan went the distance, making two saves on the way to collecting his fifth win of the year.  The sophomore now has five shutouts and has allowed just one goal on the season.  Zeke Vainer suffered the loss in a one-save effort for the Scots.

The Tommies will be back in action on Wednesday when they host St. Olaf for a 4:00 pm start at South Field.