St. Thomas senior midfielder Shae Bottum was announced today as the Division III Men's Soccer National Player of the Year for 2017. He's the first Tommie soccer athlete to win the elite honor.
Bottum started every game the last three seasons and helped the Tommies improve from nine wins in his freshman season of 2014, to 12 in 2015, to 20 in 2016, to a school-record 22 victories in 2017.
He helped the Tommies tie for third in the nation in 2016, and tie for fifth in the country in 2017, with a combined 42-4-3 record. In this season's 22-2 finish, UST set school records for goals (56) and longest win streak (19), aided by Bottum's school-record 15 assists and nine goals (eight game winning).
Bottum and the other recipients will be honored for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.
Shae Bottom, Sr, MF, West Lakeland, Minn./Hill Murray HS
- 2017 United Soccer Coaches Division III National Player of the Year;
- Twice Division III All-America (2016, 2017), twice first-team All-MIAC;
- 2017 Conference Player of the Year;
- Started all 69 games his last three seasons, team 54-11-4 in that span;
- Broke a 30-year-old school record for season assists in 2017 with 15;
- Team went 32-1 in games on his career when he scored a goal or an assist (28 wins in row);
- In 88 career games, recorded 66 points (21 goals), including 13 game-winning goals;
- In 15 career postseason starts, recorded 15 points (five goals);
- Scored the game's only goal in 2017 NCAA playoff win over Loras and scored first goal in 2017 NCAA playoff win against No. 10-ranked Otterbein;
- Scored the game's only goal in 2016 MIAC playoff championship win over Macalester and scored tying goal in 79th minute in 2016 NCAA playoff win against Redlands;
- Helped the Tommies compile a 42-4-3 record in his last two seasons (10-2 postseason, 8-0-3 in overtime), with trips to the national semifinals in 2016 and national quarterfinals in 2017;
- Helped his defense record 29 shutouts the last two seasons;
- Helped teams win back-to-back MIAC regular-season championships, ending a streak of 25 seasons without an outright conference title;
- Helped teams win back-to-back MIAC playoff championships, ending a streak of 14 seasons without a conference playoff title;
- Helped his team built a current 15-game win streak against MIAC opponents.