No. 4-ranked and league-champion St. Thomas Men's Soccer was well represented on the 2017 All-MIAC honor team.
Jon Lowery repeated as MIAC Coach of the Year, and senior midfielder Shae Bottom was named MIAC Player of the Year.
Lowery has guided St. Thomas to wins in 29 of their last 32 games dating back to 2016. He led UST to a national semifinal playoff trip last season. His team has four current winning streaks including seasons wins (16), home wins (15) and wins over MIAC opponents (14). St. Thomas outscored foes last season 41-13, and this year have a 48-11 advantage.
The Toms are 6-1 in postseason play over the last two seasons heading into Saturday's 11 a.m. first-round NCAA playoff test at home against UW-Superior.
A repeat All-MIAC honoree, Bottum earned All-America honors last season. He led in 10-game MIAC-game stats this season with 18 points. He has a team-best six game-winning goals, and he has 27 points with seven goals and 13 assists. His 13 assists led all MIAC players, and has tied a 30-year-old UST season mark set by Tom McCarr.
In 84 career games Bottum has 61 points (19 goals), including 11 game-winning goals. The Tommies are 29-1 in games on Bottom's career when he scores a goal or an assist (25 wins in row).
The Tommies had six of the 22 players that were named All-MIAC:
- Bottum and fellow senior midfielder Alex Schnobrich;
- senior twin forwards Justin and Tyler Oliver;
- junior goalie Aidan Hogan;
- senior defender Kevin Van Lieshout.
Schnobrich and Hogan were honorable mention All-MIAC honorees last season.
Justin Oliver, a first-year transfer and senior forward, has 15 goals this season to lead all MIAC players.
St. Thomas (19-1) won all 10 MIAC games to repeat as conference champions. The Toms added two wins over conference opponents to repeat as conference playoff champs.