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Men’s soccer keeps rolling with 2-0 win

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL – The St .Thomas men's soccer team kept rolling with a 2-0 win over Carleton College on Saturday afternoon at South Field.

The Tommies went to the half in a scoreless tie, but came out to score a pair of second half goals to capture the shutout win, the third straight shutout for the Tommies, who improved to 11-1-0 overall and 6-0-0 in MIAC play. Carleton drops to 6-6-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the league.

Carleton came out with the advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes, outshooting the Tommies 5-3, including a 1-0 edge in shots on goal. However, the Knights could not take advantage as the two teams went to the break in a scoreless tie.

St. Thomas wasted little time breaking the tied, as senior captain Shae Bottum scored just :32 seconds into the second half to give the Tommies a 1-0 lead. Bottum took advantage of a penalty kick to score his third goal of the year.

The Tommies tacked on an insurance goal just over 25 minutes later. Fellow senior Connor Young added the breathing room with his first goal of the year, thanks to an assist from Kevin Van Lieshout to push the lead to 2-0, which is where it would stay for the rest of the afternoon.

St. Thomas flipped the script in the second half, outshooting Carleton 5-3 and putting four of the five shots on goal, to bring the final shot count to 8-8, with a 5-3 advantage going to the Tommies in shots on goal. UST also tallied five corner kicks to just three for the Knights.

The Tommies will be back in action again tomorrow when they host St. Scholastica in a non-conference contest at 3:00 pm on South Field.