Men’s soccer suffers first loss, host semifinals Wednesday

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The St. Thomas men's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon when the Tommies fell to Augsburg 2-0 at South Field in their final game of the regular season. 

With the loss, St. Thomas finishes the regular season 14-1-3 overall and 7-1-2 in the MIAC, while Augsburg improves to 7-9-2 overall and 4-4-2 in league play.  

The two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first half.  Although the Tommies put three shots on goal, they could not put one in the back of the net.  Each team took six shots in the half.

The Auggies got on the scoreboard in the 67th minute thanks to Lionel Vang's sixth goal of the season. 

Augsburg added to its lead just three minutes later, when Vang put another one home to give his team a 2-0 lead and secure the insurance goal it needed to grab the victory.

For the game, St. Thomas held a shot advantage of 17-12, including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal.   The Tommies also created 12 corner kick chances, compared to just five for the Auggies.

In net, senior Grant Larson made three saves in the loss.  His counterpart, Clark Page, earned the win in a seven save effort. 

Saturday also served as Senior Day for the Tommies.  As is custom at St. Thomas, the final home
game of the season is dubbed Senior Day, where the Athletic Department and men's soccer program honor each senior for their hard work and dedication throughout their career. Six seniors played their final regular season home game on Saturday. Those seniors are Mark Heydt, Tony Kuplic, Grant Larson, Shane Marshall, Johnny Mulvahill, and Amos Nash.

The Tommies will be back in action on Wednesday, when they will host the MIAC Semifinals at 11:30 am.