RICHARDSON, Texas – For the second consecutive game, the St. Thomas women's soccer team went to double overtime. And for the second consecutive game, junior Brielle Bierman found the back of the net to give the Tommies a dramatic victory on Monday night at the University of Texas-Dallas.
Bierman's goal came with just 1:20 remaining in the second overtime to defeat the host Comets 1-0 and improve St. Thomas' record to 3-0-0 on the year, while the Comets drop to 0-2-0.
The back-to-back double overtime wins for the Tommies come after a drought in overtime games. St. Thomas was 0-2-7 over its last nine games that went to extra time, dating all the way back to mid-2013.
For the game, UT-Dallas held the slight advantage in shots (15-13), but a stretched that advantage when it came to shots on goal (11-8).
In net, senior Tarynn Theilig recorded 11 saves in the winning effort. She not only picks up her third win of the season, but her third shutout of the young year and 13th of her career. Her counterpart, Monica Dallacasa, made seven saves in the loss.
The Purple has yet to allow a goal in a game this season, stretching across 299:13 of play. It is one of 32 teams that have not allowed a score, a list that includes two other MIAC schools (Gustavus and Macalester). St. Thomas is also one of just three schools that have held its opponents scoreless through three games.
For Bierman, it was her second goal of the season and second game-winner of her junior campaign. She now has 12 career goals, half of which are game-winners. On top of that, St. Thomas is now 9-1-0 when she scores a goal.