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Milestone caps another strong M. Soccer season for Lowery

Mike Ekern photo
Mike Ekern photo

Tommie Men's Soccer head coach Jon Lowery continued to add to his impressive resume with more successes in 2018.

The seven-year St. Thomas coach recorded his 100th victory with St. Thomas in the Nov. 11 NCAA playoff win over UW-Superior.

Lowery will take a 100-32-15 Tommie record into the 2019 season.

That includes an impressive 70 victories since 2015 -- the most wins in any four-year span in program history.

Lowery was named National Coach of the Year by in 2016 and Regional Coachign Staff of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 after his team swept the MIAC regular-season and playoff titles both years.

The 2016 Toms shared third place in the nation in a 20-2-3 finish. That squad lost 2-1 to eventual champion Tufts in the national semifinals. 

The 2017 Tommies broke a school record for wins with a 22-2 finish and tied for fifth place nationally. That team also is among just three conference team in the last 28 seasons to post a 10-0 MIAC finish.

This season, with just four seniors and four juniors on a 36-player roster, St. Thomas caught fire late and went 9-1-1 over its last 11 games. A 1-0 loss to No. 13-ranked Loras in the NCAA round of 16 playoffs ended the season and halted a streak of six consecutive shutouts for the defense and senior keeper Aidan Hogan.

The Tommies' 58 wins over the last three seasons rank in the top four in Division III men's soccer. That includes a 28-3-3 record against conference opponents over the same three-year span.

Senior Will Kidd was voted onto the United Soccer Coaches All-America team for 2018. That's the fifth All-America for Tommie players over the last three seasons. 

All-Region pick Hogan became the first MIAC Men's Soccer goalie to surpass 50 wins and reach 30 shutouts.