ST. PAUL – The St. Thomas men's soccer team held a 22-4 shot advantage, including an 11-1 count in shots on goal and captured a 1-0 win over the College of St. Scholastica on Sunday afternoon at South Field.
With the win, the Tommies improve to 12-1-0 on the year, while St. Scholastica falls to 9-3-0.
St. Thomas came out aggressive from the start. Pierce Erickson put up the first good chance for the Purple in the fourth minute. Erickson took a cross and was all alone on the back post, but missed just high. However, the scoring chance set the tone for the Tommies moving forward.
UST got on the scoreboard in the 14th minute. After a hand ball was called just outside the 18, senior Shae Bottum stepped up to take the free kick for the Tommies. Bottum put a solid right-footed strike on the free kick, curving it from right to left around the Scholastica wall and tucking it just inside the far post. Bottum's fourth goal of the year gave St. Thomas a 1-0 lead and the momentum.
Although the Saints were able to create a few scoring chances in the second half, they only put one shot on target which resulted in a save by junior goalkeeper Aidan Hogan as St. Thomas went on to secure the win.
Hogan secured his 12th win of the year after making the one save. Saint keeper Sandy Davidson-Hunt put forth an impressive 10-save effort, including a number of diving saves, but suffered his third loss of the season.
St. Thomas will be back in action on Wednesday, when it makes the trip up I-94 to Moorhead to take on Concordia at 4:00 pm.