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Women’s soccer survives, remains unbeaten

Women’s soccer survives, remains unbeaten

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The St. Thomas women's soccer team survived a disadvantage in both shots (12-5) and shots on goal (7-2) to defeat Macalester College 1-0 on Saturday night at Macalester Stadium. 

The Tommies took advantage of a corner kick in the seventh minute with a goal from sophomore Shelby Stalberger and held sound defensively to pick up the key MIAC win.

With the result, St. Thomas is now 10-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the MIAC, while the Scots drop to 5-3-3 overall and 1-3-2 in league play.

The Tommie women opened the evening with a bang, scoring in the seventh minute.  A corner kick taken by junior Hailey Zweber found Shelby Stalberger in the right spot.  Stalberger put a header in the back of the net to score her first collegiate goal and put her team on top in the early going.

From there, the two teams played out an even 38 minutes.  Macalester held a 4-2 shot advantage, but the Tommies put two shots on net, compared to one for the Scots.

The tables turned a bit in the second half, as Macalester increased the pressure offensively with the 1-0 deficit.

The Scots outshot the Tommies 8-3 in the second half and put six shots on target after the break, including four in the final 20 minutes, but to no avail, as the Purple defense held strong to secure the win.

The advantage in the second half extended Macalester's shot advantage to 12-5 for the game, including a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.  The Scots also tallied four corner kicks to just two for the Tommies.

Senior goalkeeper Tarynn Theilig was tested throughout the night, but made seven saves on the way to her eighth shutout of the year.  Her counterpart, Emma Toomer, made one save in the loss.

St. Thomas will be back on the field on Wednesday, Oct. 12 when it travels to Menomonee, Wis., to take on UW-Stout at 7:00 pm.