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Men's Soccer secures playoff spot on road

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

Senior All-America Shae Bottum scored the go-ahead and insurance goals in the final 19 minutes on the clock as No. 5-ranked St. Thomas Men's Soccer scored a 3-1 comeback victory over Concordia Wednesday afternoon in Moorhead.

The Tommies (13-1 overall, 7-0 MIAC) became the first conference team in any fall sport to secure a spot in the six-team MIAC playoffs, and has already clinched a top-four seed. They need one one or tie in the final three games or one Hamline loss or tie to secure a first-round bye.

St. Thomas had a man advantage over the last 64:38 due to a Concordia red card. UST fell behind 1-0 on a Cobber goal in the 49th minute, but tied the score in the 61st minute on senior Justin Oliver's 12th goal of the season, assisted by senior Tyler Oliver.

Bottum scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute, assisted by Christian Elliehausen. Bottum, who scored an unassisted insurance goal in the 84th minute, now has six goals and 10 assists in 14 games.

Justin Oliver (25 points) and Bottum (22) rank 1-2 in MIAC scoring.

St. Thomas is 25-1 in gams on his career when Bottum scored a goal or an assist (21 wins in row).

Junior Aidan Hogan allowed one goal and made three saves. UST had a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks and an 8-3 edge in shots on goal.

The Toms play Sunday at 2 p.m. at UW-Platteville (10-2-1). Platteville's lone loss in the last 12 matches was 3-1 to St. Norbert, a team St. Thomas edged in overtime in its season opener.