PHOTO: Shae Bottum scored an OT goal in the season-opening win over St. Norbert.
What do cash-hungry workers and Tommie Men's Soccer players have in common?
Both welcome overtime opportunities.
Overtime has been kind to St. Thomas during the last two-plus seasons. Since late in 2015, Coach Jon Lowery's Tommies are unbeaten in 12 overtime games, winning nine (9-0-3).
That includes a memorable 4-0 overtime record last season during their 6-1 run in the MIAC and NCAA playoffs en route to a third-place national finish.
The Toms' latest overtime chance came last Saturday at Macalester in a battle of the Nos. 1-2 ranked teams in the NCAA North Region. As the final seconds wound down in the second OT and a 0-0 tie appeared imminent, St. Thomas converted with a throw-in pass to the center of the field and a quick goal by Kevin Van Lieshout with 11 seconds left for a stunning 1-0 victory. Christian Elliehausen had the assist.
In those nine wins, one was achieved by an own goal; two were converted by Pierce Erickson; two were scored by Tony Kuplic; and one game-winner each was scored by Van Lieshout, Shae Bottum, Connor Young and Tyler Oliver.
UST junior Aidan Hogan was in goal for his third shutout of the season and 13th in the last two seasons. Hogan added another shutout Tuesday night in a 2-0 win at Augsburg in a non-conference contest.
The No. 7-ranked Tommies (10-1 overall, 5-0 MIAC) have now navigated three tough MIAC road games -- at St. John's, Gustavus and Macalester -- and came home with three wins and a 10-2 margin of victory.
They play Saturday at home against Carleton (1 p.m.).
St. Thomas has three fall teams ranked this week in national top-25 polls:
- Men's Soccer is at No. 7;
- Football is at No. 6 by D3Football.com and No. 4 in the Hero Sports computer rankings;
- Volleyball is tied for No. 17.
Also, both the women's and men's CC teams are regionally ranked.
St. Thomas (7-2-1 overall, 3-2 MIAC) lost 1-0 last Saturday at Macalester on a goal scored with nine seconds left in regulation. UST remains in at least a six-team chase for the league lead near the halfway point of the 11-game MIAC regular season.
Next up is a home game Saturday against Carleton (3:30 p.m.).
Coach Sheila McGill's Tommies have allowed just 11 goals in 31 games over the last two seasons.
No. 17-ranked St. Thomas has five matches this week, all non-conference -- Wednesday night at UW-Eau Claire; and Friday and Saturday contests at the UW-Oshkosh tournament.
The Tommies (15-3 overall, 5-0 MIAC) have won 33 of their last 41 matches dating back to 2016, including 3-0 MIAC decisions last week over St. Olaf and Carleton.
St. Thomas' 57-25 road win last Saturday at Augsburg let it move up in the national polls. The Tommies (4-1 overall, 3-0 MIAC) climbed one spot to No. 6 in the D3football.com rankings, and move to No. 4 in the Hero Sports computer rankings.
The Tommie defense was tested by Augsburg's strong passing game and gave up four TD passes on the day. But UST limited Augsburg to minus-27 rushing yards and has now allowed just six net rushing yards in three conference games. Since giving up a 65-yard QB touchdown run in the opening drive of the season, St. Thomas has not allowed a rushing TD.
The UST offense rolled up 514 yards, punted only once and scored touchdowns on eighth of 11 offensive possessions on the day.
Next up is battle of top-20 teams Saturday for UST's Homecoming and Parents' Weekend at Palmer Field in O'Shaughnessy Stadium as the No. 15-ranked Concordia Cobbers (4-0, 2-0) come to campus. Kickoff is at 1:10 p.m.
St. Thomas competes Saturday through Monday in the three-day, 54-hole MIAC Championships in Becker, Minn. The Toms won this tournament in 2015 and took fourth last season.
In four fall tournaments through September, UST has the third best scoring average among the 11 MIAC teams behind Carleton and St. Catherine.
UST senior Emily Thul has placed ninth, second and 12th in her first three career MIAC meets.
Men's Cross Country
St. Thomas held out six top runners but still placed fifth at the Carleton Running of the Cows 8K Saturday in Northfield. Junior Seth Glidewell took 18th out of 179 runners in 26:45 -- a 62-second improvement from his same race in Northfield last fall.
Three sophomores posted career-best times:
- George McGivern took 23rd in 26:54 -- improving 92 seconds and 75 places from his 2016 finish on a warmer day on the same course;
- Scott Helstad took 29th in 27:02 -- improving 97 seconds and 76 places from his 2016 time on the same course;
- Collin Kiley placed 31st in 27:04 and improved 49 seconds from his 2016 time at Carleton;
The Toms will race Saturday at 11 a.m. against Hamline in the two-team St. Kate's Invite at St. Catherine University.
Women's Cross Country
With four sophomores and a freshman in its top seven, St. Thomas took second place behind No. 13-ranked Carleton in Saturday's 14-team Running of the Cows 6K race at Carleton.
The Knights won with 28 points followed next by the Tommies (74) and Gustavus (96).
Jenny Launder (16th, 23:32), Melissa Marsh (17th, 23:33), Sara Ness (18th, 23:35), Jenny Walz(21st, 23:46), freshman Carly Scheuerman (27th, 24:00), Ali Glassbrenner (24:03), Amber Matzoll (24:04) and Megan Gossfeld (24:05) gave the Toms 10 runners closing in the top 36 in a field of 219 finishers.
UST is off competition this weekend after racing three of the last four Saturdays.