Men's soccer comes from behind for 3-1 win

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

MOORHEAD, Minn. - After allowing a goal just three minutes after halftime, the St. Thomas men's soccer team came back to score three unanswered goals to capture a 3-1 win over Concordia College on Wednesday afternoon at the Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex.  

The comeback win pushed St. Thomas's win streak to double digits at 10 games and kept the Tommies unbeaten in league play.  They are now 13-1-0 overall and 7-0-0 in the MIAC, while Concordia drops to 3-8-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the conference. 

A scoreless first half that saw each team record three shots gave way to a Concordia lead early in the second half.  The Cobbers got on the scoreboard just three minutes after the break when Jacob Schmidt scored his second goal of the year. 

However, the Tommies answered 12 minutes later when the Oliver brothers connected for yet another goal.  Justin received assist from brother Tyler to even the score at one apiece.  It is the sixth time this year that the pair have scored and assisted on the same goal.  Five of those goals have come from Justin with the assist from Tyler. 

Nearly another 12 minutes passed before the Tommies took their first lead of the contest in the 72nd minute.  Shae Bottum received an assist from Christian Elliehausen to score his fifth goal of the year and give his squad a 2-1 lead. 

Bottum's goal would prove to be the game-winner, but he added an insurance goal nonetheless in the final 10 minutes.  The goal came directly following a Concordia yellow card to ice the 3-1 final score. 

After a 3-3 shot count in the first half, the Tommies stretched a 7-1 advantage in the second half to bring the final numbers to 10 for UST and four for the Cobbers.  Those numbers included eight shots on goal for the Purple and three on target for the home team.  St. Thomas also tallied nine corner kicks to just two for Concordia. 

In goal, junior Aidan Hogan notched his 13th win of the year after making two saves, while Jackson Carr suffered the loss for Concordia in a five-save effort. 

St. Thomas will be back on the road on Sunday when it travels to UW-Platteville for a 2:00 pm contest. 

NOTES: The Tommies became the first conference team in any fall sport to secure a spot in the six-team MIAC playoffs, and has already clinched a top-four seed. They need one one or tie in the final three games or one Hamline loss or tie to secure a first-round bye... Justin Oliver (25 points) and Bottum (22) rank 1-2 in MIAC scoring... St. Thomas is 25-1 in gams on his career when Bottum scored a goal or an assist (21 wins in row)... Sunday's opponent, UW-Platteville (10-2-1) has just one loss in the last 12 matches -- 3-1 to St. Norbert, a team St. Thomas edged in overtime in its season opener... St. Thomas had a man advantage over the last 64:38 due to a Concordia red card.