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Tuesday Talk: Soccer teams sharp on road

Tuesday Talk: Soccer teams sharp on road

Tuesday Talk is a weekly news and notes feature on Tommiesports.com

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Tommie Men's and Women's Soccer overcame tough tests last Saturday. Both programs played on the road, facing archrival opponents and perennial playoff teams.

Both St. Thomas teams won the day with flying colors. The two squads have a combined record of 22-2-3 against conference opponents the last two seasons.

In St. Joseph, the unranked Tommie women scored a 3-0 victory over No. 23-ranked and previously unbeaten St. Benedict. Junior Mallory DeBoom had two goals and an assist, and freshman keeper Katie Lynn recorded 11 saves. The Toms are 27-0-2 in games when DeBoom has scored a goal or an assist, and she has scored 11 goals in her last 15 games.

St. Thomas (5-0-1 overall, 2-0 MIAC) is home Wednesday to face Hamline at 4 p.m., and plays next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Gustavus. Its the only remaining unbeaten MIAC men's or women's soccer team, and the win helped it join the natioanal top 25 at No. 21.

In Collegeville, the Tommie men (6-1 overall, 2-0 MIAC) erupted for a 5-1 victory over the Johnnies, with five different players scoring goals and three others posting an assist.

On the same field one year earlier, St. Thomas posted a 1-1 overtime tie despite being outshot 24-5 and a 9-1 advantage by the Johnnies in corner kicks. On this day, St. Thomas had a 4-1 edge in corners and 29-18 advantage in shots.

Saturday's five spot marked the most goals scored for UST in a Tommie-Johnnie contest since its 5-2 victory in 1973. It was also the most goals a Johnnie team has allowed in conference play since a 6-0 road loss in 1999, and most given up at home in at least 20 seasons.

St. Thomas has won its last 22 games when it scores two or more goals.

UST senior transfer Justin Oliver made it seven goals scored in seven games when he connected in the 28th minute. Oliver also assisted on a breakaway goal by his twin brother Tyler in the 58th minute. Justin is tied for 11th nationally in goals.

St. Thomas moved up two spots to No. 9 in this week's national poll. It travels to face Gustavus on Saturday at 1 p.m.

 

Poll Talk

St. Thomas has six fall teams ranked this week in national top-25 polls:

  • Men's Soccer is at No. 9;
  • Football is at No. 10;
  • Women's Cross Country is at No. 17;
  • Women's Soccer is at No. 21;
  • Volleyball is at No. 23;
  • Men's Golf is at No. 24;

 

Volleyball

No. 21-ranked St. Thomas (11-2 overall, 1-0 MIAC) finally opens its home season after playing its first 13 matches away from campus. Coach Thanh Pham's team faces St. Ben's on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Schoenecker Arena, then plays there again Friday night against Carleton.

The Toms went 4-1 last week, opening the conference with a 3-1 road defeat of Concordia-Moorhead, and going 3-1 in the UW-River Falls tournament. The Toms had a nine-match win streak halted last Friday with an 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 loss to No. 25-ranked UW-Stevens Point. The Pointers are now ranked No. 17 in today's poll.

On the career stats front:

  • senior Whitney Lloyd is closing in on 750 career kills (727) after recently surpassing 250 career blocks;
  • senior Brooke Reichart is closing in on 600 career kills (571);
  • junior setter Katharine Mallak recently surpassed 400 career digs (420) and is closing in on 1,500 career assists (1,471);
  • sophomore Ellie Meyer surpassed 800 career digs last weekend (837). 

 

Men's Golf

St. Thomas' two teams took third and fifth place out of 17 teams last weekend at the 36-hole St. John's Fall Invite. The Balanced Tommies had one player close in the top 10 and nine in the top 42 in a field of 100 players.

Derek Farrell shot 73 on Sunday, his ninth round under 74 in his college career.

Sophomore Emmet Herb shot 74 on Sunday, his 11th college round under 75.

Next weekend, the Toms compete in the three-day, 54-hole Twin Cities Classic. 

 

Women's Golf

St. Thomas shot a tourney-best 311 and moved up five spots on the final round to finish second out of 16 teams last weekend at the 36-hole Division III Classic in Lake City.

Junior Kate Balison had a college low score of 78 on Sunday.

Junior Marja Sorensen shot 75 on Sunday -- her sixth career college round of 75 or better.

Next Saturday and Sunday, the Toms compete in the 36-hole College City Challenge in Hastings.

 

Cross Country

After being off competition last weekend, a busy week is in store for nearly 60 runners competing in UST Men's and Women's Cross Country.

The men will have a partial team competing Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the annual Summit Cup race against Macalester at Fort Snelling/Pike Island Park in St. Paul.

The UST varsity top seven will compete in Massachusetts Saturday at the Williams College Invite.

The No. 17-ranked Tommie women will compete Saturday at 9 a.m., at the Division III race at the U of M Gophers' Griak Invite in Falcon Heights.

 

Football

No. 10-ranked St. Thomas (2-1 overall, 1-0 MIAC) held Carleton to 171 total offensive yards and 4-of-19 on third and fourth downs in last Saturday's 63-0 victory in Northfield.

Five seniors on defense contributed a takeaway: George Hottinger recovered a fumble, and Isaac Seering, Austin Lorch, Tobias Knight and Adam Kraft added interceptions.

It was the ninth shutout win of the 10-season Glenn Caruso era, and 14th time the Toms held an opponent without a touchdown.

Receivers Luke Iverson, Vinny Pallini and Gabe Green combined to catch 13 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown each. Junior QB Jacques Perra played just one snap in the second half. He threw four TD passes and completed 14-of-20 for 327 yards, all in the first two quarters.

Next Saturday at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis, the 87th meeting in the Tommie-Johnnie football series will take place. Kickoff is 1:10 p.m. The game will have live video and live stats, and tickets remain on sale all week through halftime of the game. (Check on Tommiesports.com all week for updates and more details).