ST. PAUL - Senior Hailey Zweber's goal in the 85th minute propelled the Tommie women's soccer team to a dramatic 1-0 win over UW-Stevens Point in its 2017 season opener on Friday afternoon at South Field.
Both teams spent the first 45 minutes locked in a defensive battle. Although St. Thomas held a 9-2 advantage in shots, each team recorded a pair of shots on goal. Neither could connect, which sent the two teams to the half still scoreless.
The second half followed a similar script as the first. The Tommies opened up with a 10-0 shot advantage, including a 7-0 edge in shots on net, before Zweber's goal put the game out of reach for the Pointers.
The goal came in rare form. Zweber took a corner kick and sent a blast toward the box. It sailed into the top of the net to break the scoreless tie and ultimately give St. Thomas the win.
St. Thomas finished the contest with a 1-0 advantage in corner kicks and a 10-2 edge in shots on goal. Sophomore keeper Olivia Elvidge needed to make just two saves in her first career win, which came in the form of a shutout.
The Tommie women will be at home again on Sunday at 3 p.m. against UW-La Crosse.