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Conference MVP sweep for Women's Soccer

Conference MVP sweep for Women's Soccer

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MIAC news release

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After St. Thomas Women's Soccer swept the MIAC regular-season and playoff titles this fall, a parade of awards has followed.

Tommie seniors Mallory DeBoom and Tess Baier were voted MIAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, and Sheila McGill was voted conference Coach of the Year.

Joining DeBoom and Baier on the 22-player All-MIAC first team are senior midfielder Brie Bourdage and sophomore midfielder Kate Heimer,

Senior defender Shelby Stalberger and freshman defender Alex Balfour were on the 22-player honorable mention list.

Sophomore forward Ellie Eskierka represents UST on the MIAC Sportsmanship Team.

St. Thomas (18-2) won the league regular-season title for the third time in four seasons and is in the NCAA playoffs for the third year in a row. The Tommies broke a school record for season victories with 18 and are 10-0 at home. On the way they posted a 14-game win streak. They have outscored opponents in the second half and overtimes by a 30-3 margin.

The Tommies play Knox College Saturday (11 a.m.) in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs, in La Crosse, Wis.

This is McGill's second MIAC Coach of the Year award in her 12 seasons. Her 141-66-23 overall record (85-32-15 in MIAC regular-season) includes 10 consecutive winning seasons in conference play and five consecutive trips to the conference playoffs. 

 

Mallory DeBoom 

The senior from Edina, Minn., becomes the Tommies' first four-time first-team All-MIAC honoree. This is her second conference Offensive Player of the Year award (2016).

The 2016 All-America honoree has 16 goals on the season and 44 on her four-year career. Her 110 points are second most in program history. Her teams are 47-0-4 in games on her career when she scores a point.

 

 

Tess Baier

Baier is the first non-goalie to receive the MIAC Defensive Player of the Year award since its creation in four years ago. Over the last three seasons, the Mount Horeb, Wis., native started 60 games, missing only one due to injury.

She's played a huge role as the defensive-minded Toms have posted 38 shutouts and have outscored opponents 72-9 in the second halves and in overtimes. She has recorded one assist in her career.

 

 

Brie Bourdage

Bourdage has received her third first-team All-MIAC honor. The Lino Lakes, Minn., native has played in 74 career matches and contributed eight goals and 14 assists.

She has started all 61 games over the last three seasons, and the Toms are 60-15-5 over her four-year era. UST is 18-0-1 in games on her career when she scores in double figures.

 

 

Kate Heimer

The Rogers, Minn., native has played all 40 games the last two seasons. She has four goals and nine assists this season.

 

 

Shelby Stalberger

The Decorah, Iowa native has played in 76 career games and has recorded one goal and four assists.

 

Alex Balfour

The St. Louis Park, Minn., native has played in all 20 games this season. Her lone shot found the net for a goal to break a 0-0 tie in the second-half of a playoff win against St. Catherine.

 

Ellie Eskierka

The Circle Pines, Minn., has scored two of her three goals in the postseason.