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Women's soccer suffers first loss

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL - Despite controlling possession throughout a majority of the game, the St. Thomas women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Hamline University Wednesday afternoon at South Field.  

The Tommies outshot the Pipers 10-8, including a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal, but drop to 5-1-1 on the year and 2-1-0 in the MIAC, while Hamline improves to 4-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 in league play.  

In the first 45 minutes, the two teams were even in the shot category with a 3-2 edge going to the Tommies when it came to shots on goal.  UST also stretched a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks, and although the Tommies created a number of chances, they could not take advantage. 

The best chance of the opening half came when junior Mallory DeBoom got behind the Piper defense and had a chance to put away her sixth goal of the year.  But Hamline keeper Kat Armstrong came out of her net to make a great save in a one-on-one situation. 

St. Thomas put the pressure on again late in the half when Katie Heimer put a shot on net from the top of the box, but Armstrong came up big with a diving save to preserve the scoreless tie headed to the half.  

Hamline threatened just 10 minutes into the second half, hitting the crossbar, but the shot glanced harmlessly away to keep the two teams knotted 0-0.

The Tommies had another good chance midway through the final 45 minutes.  Senior Brielle Bierman served a ball to the doorstep, but the shot went high and negated another chance. 

Four and a half minutes into the first overtime, the Pipers sent a shot that glanced off a Tommie defender in front and scooted past UST goalkeeper Olivia Elvidge to give Hamline the win. 

Elvidge made a pair of saves for the Tommies, while Armstrong tallied five saves and preserved the shutout for the Pipers.  

St. Thomas will be back in action again on Saturday when it travels to St. Peter, Minn., for a date with Gustavus Adolphus.  That game is set for a 3:30 pm start.