ST. PAUL, Minn. – The St. Thomas women's soccer team scored its most goals in any game this season on Wednesday afternoon, defeating Bethel University 4-0 at South Field. The Tommies clung to a 1-0 lead at the half, but broke out to score three goals in the second half on the way to the win.
With the result, St. Thomas improves to 13-1-1 overall and remains unbeaten in MIAC play with a record of 7-0-1, while Bethel drops to 10-4-1 overall and 5-3-0 against league opponents.
Each team took its turn creating scoring chances in the first 35 minutes of play. The ball spent most of the time in St. Thomas' possession, but the Royals were able to put three shots on goal compared to two for the Tommies. Overall, the shot count showed 6-4 in favor of St. Thomas before sophomore Mallory DeBoom put the Purple on the scoreboard.
DeBoom's fifth goal of the year came from a rocket fired at Bethel goalkeeper Dylan Melby. Melby got a hand on the shot, but could not control it, as the ball bounced up over her head and crossed the goal line to give St. Thomas the 1-0 lead with just less than 10 minutes remaining in the half.
It looked like the Tommies were headed for another 1-0 game, but the offense came to life in the second half. Freshman Elizabeth Luotto got things started with her second goal of the season. Junior Hailey Zweber sent a cross to the back post, where Luotto caught it in stride and sent a header into the back of the net to oput St. Thomas on top 2-0.
DeBoom added to the lead with her second goal of the game eight minutes later. The Edina native found herself with a breakaway opportunity and did not let it go to waste, tucking a shot inside the lower right corner of the goal.
The Tommie women got their final insurance goal from freshman Meagan Selinger in the 78th minute. Selinger connected on a cross from fellow freshman Elizabeth Muench to score her first career goal and seal the four-goal win for the Tommies.
St. Thomas finished with a shot advantage of 17-8, including a 9-5 edge in shots on goal. The Tommies also created eight corner kicks and did not surrender any to the Royals.
In goal, senior keeper Tarynn Theilig tallied five saves on the way to her 13th win of the season. Dylan Melby was tagged with the loss in a two-save effort. She split time with Kaylee Peterson, who made three saves and allowed three goals.
St. Thomas will be back in action on Saturday when it travels to Winona, Minn., to take on Saint Mary's for a 1:00 pm kickoff.