St. Thomas women’s soccer has been a conference and regional power for much of the program’s 33-year history, and the Tommies are on the rise again under 12th-year head coach Sheila McGill (123-64-23 overall).
The Tommies have posted 25 top-five MIAC finishes in 33 seasons, including six championships and 11 second-place finishes. They've reached the NCAA playoffs 11 times, and advanced to the 1987 Division III Final Four and the 2002 national quarterfinals.
The Tommies have a strong academic tradition with a team grade-point average in the 3.40 range. In 2017 alone, UST had nine upperclass athletes make Academic All-MIAC with cumulative gpas of 3.50 or better.
St. Thomas’ home field is on the university’s south campus features a recently-installed turf field. The complex includes new bleachers and scoreboard. The Tommies’ schedule includes annual trips to places like Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and California.
Picked for sixth in the 2008 MIAC preseason poll, St. Thomas stormed to the championship with a 9-0-2 conference record. McGill was named MIAC Coach of the Year, and Erin Sprangers was selected conference Player of the Year. Their 14-1-5 record and .825 win percentage ranked among the best in college soccer, and UST reached 13th in the Division III national rankings. After surrendering 24 goals in 18 games in 2007, St. Thomas allowed just 12 goals in 20 games in 2008. The Toms outscored foes 20-5 in the second half, had 10 shutouts in regulation, scored first in 12 of 16 games, and had three comeback wins.
The 2002 Tommies had a 15-game unbeaten streak, shared the MIAC championship, and reached the NCAA playoffs for the second consecutive season. They advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight where they lost a two-overtime, 0-0 shootout to eventual national champion Ohio Wesleyan and closed the season 14-4-2. The 2003 Toms reached the inaugural conference playoffs and placed second in the MIAC.
The Toms also had a memorable season in 1997, when they built a two-season win streak to 17 en route to a conference runner-up finish and 17-3 overall record. They led Macalester in an NCAA second-round game 2-0 before losing in overtime. St. Thomas closed 16-3-1 in 2001, including a school-record 13-game winning streak.