ST. PAUL - Tommie men's soccer clinched the MIAC regular season title on Tuesday when it scored twice in the first half to capture a 2-0 win over Augsburg University at South Field. Shae Bottum and Will Kidd each scored for the Tommie men, who are now 16-1-0 overall and 9-0-0 in MIAC play.
With the win and a Macalester loss, St. Thomas earns its second straight MIAC conference title for just the second time in the history of the program. The only other teams to clinch back-to-back conference crowns were the 1977 and 1978 teams.
Bottum got things going early for the Tommies on Tuesday afternoon. The senior captain took a free kick from 30 yards out and put it on net to force a save by Augsburg goalkeeper Tommy Molski. Molski's save glanced out of bounds over the end line, giving the Tommies a corner kick.
Shae was in the middle of the play again, taking the corner kick. His right-footed serve bent with some help from the wind and tucked inside the front post to score his seventh goal of the season and give his team a 1-0 lead just 9:30 into the contest.
Will Kidd followed Bottum's goal with a score of his own just over 15 minutes later. A lead pass from Christian Elliehausen ahead to Tyler Oliver on the left wing started the play. Oliver made the extra pass to Kidd at the 18 and after one touch to control it, Will struck gold in the bottom left of the goal to put the Purple up 2-0.
From there, the Tommie defense locked down, allowing just seven shots for the game, four of which were on goal. After a 12-3 shot advantage in the first half, St. Thomas was outshot in the second half going against the wind and finished with a 15-7 edge, including an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal.
In net, Aidan Hogan continued his brilliant season with another shutout in a four-save effort. He collected his 16th win and his eighth solo shutout. It was St. Thomas's seventh shutout in the last eight games. Augsburg keeper Tommy Molski was tagged with the loss after making six saves in a full 90 minutes of work.
St. Thomas will look to cap off a perfect league record on Saturday when it plays on the road at Bethel for a 1:00 pm contest.