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Men’s soccer draws with defending MIAC Champ

Mark Brown Photo
Mark Brown Photo

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The St. Thomas men's soccer team outshot defending MIAC champion St. Olaf College 19-8 on Wednesday afternoon at South Field, but could not put one in the back of the net to record a 0-0 tie. 

With the result, the eighth-ranked Tommies move to 10-0-3 overall and 5-0-2 in the MIAC, while the Oles are now 4-2-6 overall and 2-0-4 in league play. 

St. Olaf came out to take the first shot of the contest, but it was all Tommies for the remainder of the half, tallying nine straight shots on their way to a 9-2 shot advantage through the first 45 minutes.  St. Thomas also put three shots on net in the first half, compared to none for the Oles.  However, the Purple could not find twine as it went to the break in a scoreless tie. 

The second half brought more of the same, as the Tommies outshot St. Olaf 5-3, including a 1-0 edge in shots on goal, as the Oles were held without a shot on net in the regulation 90 minutes.  However, St. Thomas still couldn't get a bounce to go its way and the two squads went to overtime.

In the first overtime, St. Thomas held the shot advantage yet again, this time by the count of 2-1, but still to no avail.  Although St. Olaf was able to put a shot on target for the first time, the Oles were also unable to score and the game went to a second overtime. 

St. Thomas was able to put all three of its chances on target in the second overtime, including a header attempt in the final 10 seconds, but still could not take advantage in the scoreless tie. 

The Tommies finished the contest with a 19-8 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in shots on goal.  They also racked up seven corner kicks to just three for the Oles.

In net, senior keeper Grant Larson made three saves and moves to 5-0-2 on the year, while St. Olaf keeper Ben Braman made eight saves in the draw.

With the scoreless tie, the Tommies keep their defensive streak intact, having not allowed a goal in their last seven outings, and earn one point in the MIAC standings and now hold a four-point lead over Macalester. 

St. Thomas will be back in action on Sunday when it travels to Duluth, Minn., to take on St. Scholastica at 2:00 pm.