Men’s soccer finishes busy weekend with 2-0 win

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon
ST. PAUL – The St. Thomas men's soccer team finished a grueling stretch of three games in four days with a 2-0 win over Marian University on Monday afternoon at South Field.  With the win, the Tommies open the season 2-0-1, while the Sabres drop to 1-1-0.
St. Thomas wasted little time getting out in front on the scoreboard.  Junior Alex Schnobrich sent a corner kick soaring into the box, where fellow junior Shae Bottum found the end of it and sent a header off the cross bar and into the upper left corner of the goal to put the Tommies on top 1-0.
Bottum's goal was his first of the season and came in the 10th minute of the contest.  It also served as the eventual game-winning score, as St. Thomas would not relent in the shutout win. 
The Purple flexed a 9-2 advantage in shots during the first half, including a 2-0 edge in shots on goal.  The Tommies also recorded six corner kicks to Marian's none.  
St. Thomas got the insurance goal midway through the second half, in the 65th minute. Sophomore Andrew Stuempfig scored his first career goal off a corner kick by fellow-sophomore Adam Panken.  Stuempfig rose above a mess of players in front of the net and put a header away in the lower left piece of the goal to seal the 2-0 win for the Tommies.
St. Thomas outshot the Sabres 11-3 in the second half to extend the advantage to 20-5 for the game.  Likewise, the Tommies put five shots on goal in the second 45 minutes for a final tally of 7-2 for the game.  In a third category, corner kicks, the UST again flexed the advantage, this time 4-0 after the break for a total of 10-0 for the game. 
In net, sophomore Aidan Hogan logged his first win of the season in a 90-minute shutout after making two saves.  Ian Chacon suffered the loss in a five-save effort for Marian. 
St. Thomas will be right back at it on Wednesday night when they travel across town to take on Northwestern at 7:00 pm.  The Tommies return home on Saturday for a final non-conference tune-up against North Central (Ill.) at 1:00 pm.