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Early goal sends women’s soccer to win

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL -  A Taylor Skorik goal in the first minute of the game proved to be enough in a 2-0 win over UW-River Falls on Wednesday afternoon at South Field.  Skorik scored just 57 seconds into the game to help the Tommies improve to 4-0-0 on the year, while the Falcons fall to 0-4-1.

Wednesday's game got off to a fast start when senior captain Taylor Skorik scored her second goal of the season just 57 seconds into the contest.  Skorik took a pass from Brielle Bierman and sent it soaring towards the net.  The shot glanced off the fingertips of Falcon goalkeeper Erica Cimochowski and into the back of the net to give the Tommies the early 1-0 lead, which they would not relinquish for the remainder of the afternoon.

St. Thomas went on to outshoot UW-River Falls 10-3 in the opening half, including a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal.  The Tommie women also racked up three corner kicks compared to none for the Falcons. 

The Tommies got the insurance goal they were looking for in the 73rd minute when sophomore Emily Michaelson scored her first goal of the year and just second of her collegiate career. 

Fellow sophomore Mary Ennis started the play when she took a brilliant touch to get past her defender.  Ennis then sent it in front to a waiting Michaelson just six yards in front of the net.  The striker from Shoreview, Minn., did not let it go to waste, burying it in the back of the net to send her team on to the win.

In the second half, St. Thomas outshot UW-River Falls once again, this time by a count of 11-3 for a total of 21-6 for the afternoon.  St. Thomas also tallied an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Senior keeper Tarynn Theilig kept up her strong start to the year, making four saves and recording her third complete shutout of the season, the 14th of her career.  She and the Tommie defense have yet to allow a goal on the young 2016 season.

For UW-River Falls, Erica Cimochowski made six saves in the loss.  She drops to 0-2-1 on the season.

St. Thomas will be back on the field on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Wartburg College for a final non-conference tune-up before heading in to conference play next week.  That game is set for a noon start.