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Peplinski’s OT goal sends women’s soccer to win

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the second time in as many days, the 13th-ranked St. Thomas women's soccer team collected a 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon at South Field.  However, this time, the Tommies needed overtime to defeat UW-Eau Claire thanks to a goal from sophomore McKenna Peplisnki. 

With the win, St. Thomas improves to 12-1-1 overall, while the Blugolds drop just the second game in the last six and fall to 6-7-1 on the year.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation.  Despite a shot advantage of 4-1, including a 3-1 edge on target, the Tommies could not find the back of the net in the first half. 

The second half brought much of the same.  St. Thomas outshot the Blugolds 8-2 after the break, and put the Eau Claire defense through a flurry of offensive chances late in the half.  The Tommies tallied five of their eight second-half shots in the final 10 minutes, but still they could not find the game-winner and the two teams went to overtime.

St. Thomas put up two shots in the overtime, the second of which connected when McKenna Peplinski scored her third goal of the year and first game-winner.  Peplinski received a centering pass from fellow sophomore Mallory DeBoom  and did not let it go to waste to secure the thrilling win.

For the game, the Tommies flexed a shot advantage of 14-3, and an 8-3 edge in shots on goal.  The Tommies also had a pair of corner kicks to one for the Blugolds.

In goal, senior keeper Tarynn Theilig secured her 10th shutout of the season in a three-save effort.  Sammie Lefaive recorded seven saves in the loss for UW-Eau Claire.

St. Thomas will be back on the field on Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Bethel University for a 4:00 pm kickoff at South Field.