Sneak Peek -- 2017 Tommie Women's Soccer
Head Coach: Sheila McGill, starting 11th season
2016 W-L Records: 17-3-1, 7-1-2 MIAC, first place of 12
2017 MIAC Preseason Poll: 1st of 12
2017 Division III Preseason Poll: Unranked in top 25 but among 10 that received votes from poll voters
Last Season: UST set a school record with 15 shutouts and repeated as MIAC champions.
Returning Players: 18
Newcomers: 10, all freshmen
Top Returners: All-America forward, junior Mallory DeBoom (Career: 40 games, 17 goals, 11 assists); senior Brielle Bierman (Career: 50 games, 15 goals, 11 assists); junior All-MIAC Bri Bourdage; senior All-MIAC defender Hailey Zweber
First Game: Sept. 1 at home against UW-Stevens Point
First Road Game: Sept. 8 at UW-River Falls
First MIAC Game: Sept. 12 vs. St. Mary's at home
First MIAC Road Game: Sept. 16 vs. at St. Ben's
Key Stretch of Games: Five road games in a 26-day span, starting Sept. 23 at Gustavus
Chasing a Record: McGill needs two wins to reach 112 on her 11-year St. Thomas career and set the record for most wins by any UST women's soccer head coach
Geography?: The Toms' roster has players from six different states -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Texas and California
Key Stat: Last year's team raced to a 17-1-1 start before losing a pair of 1-0 decisions in the postseason
Academic Stars: St. Thomas has 12 returning players with grade-point averagers of 3.40 or better. Four of those Tommies have a near perfect academic slate: McKenna Peplinski at 3.98 in Mechanical Engineering; Mary Ennis at 3.93 in Catholic Studies; Sara Osborne at 3.92 in Biology; and Bri Bourdage at 3.91 in Business.
New Faces: Two of the Toms 10 incoming freshmen -- Tessa Trettel of Centennial and Kirsten Hatton of Lewis-Palmer (Colo.) -- played on state champion teams last season. Another freshman, Katie Lynn of Cathedral Catholic in San Diego, comes from a powerhouse program that is sending five players into college scholarships programs.
Did You Know? This marks the seventh consecutive season that UW-Stevens Point and the Tommies will play on the first weekend of the season.