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Outright champs! Women’s soccer clinches solo title with win

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The St. Thomas women's soccer team claimed its second straight MIAC regular season title on Wednesday afternoon when it defeated Carleton 3-0 at Bell Field. 

Junior Brielle Bierman scored twice and sophomore Mallory DeBoom scored and added an assist on the way to the win.  The regular season title is the Tommies' second in a row and sixth in program history and third in Head Coach Sheila McGill's tenure. 

With the win, St. Thomas improves to 15-1-1 overall and 9-0-1 in the MIAC, while Carleton drops to 3-11-2 overall and 3-6-1 in league play.

The Tommies got on the scoreboard early, scoring in the ninth minute to break the scoreless tie.  Bierman scored her fourth goal of the year thanks to an assist from sophomore Brie Bourdage.  Brielle's shot was a low laser that skimmed across the ground and into the back of the net to give St. Thomas an early 1-0 lead, which it took to halftime.

Bierman tacked on her second of the game and fifth of the season in the 63rd minute.  A pass from Mallory DeBoom left the La Crescent native a good look at the goal, which she put away to give the Purple a 2-0 lead.

DeBoom finished off the scoring with her team-leading eighth goal of the year thanks to an assist from freshman Elizabeth Luotto.  DeBoom's shot came from the top of the box and sealed the win with the final score of 3-0.

For the game, St. Thomas collected 14 shots to 11 for Carleton, including a 9-5 advantage on target.  The Tommies also created seven corner kick chances to just four for the Knights. 

In net, senior keeper Tarynn Theilig continued her masterful season, collecting her 12th shutout of the year in a five-save effort.  She now has more shutouts the season than in her previous three years combined, with 23 career shutouts.  Elaine Sunberg made six saves in the loss for the Knights.

St. Thomas will be back in action again on Saturday to close out the season on Senior Day at South Field against Augsburg.  That game is set for a 1:00 pm kick.