Women’s soccer hangs on for 2-1 win

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The St. Thomas women's soccer team scored two goals in the first half and held on to keep its unbeaten season alive in a 2-1 win over Concordia College on Wednesday afternoon. 

Both goals came in the opening 13 minutes to send the Tommies on to the win and maintain the unbeaten season, improving to 7-0-1 on the year (2-0-1 MIAC).  The Cobbers drop to 1-5-3 overall and are still searching for their first win in conference play with an MIAC record of 0-3-1.

The Tommie women jumped out on top early with the game's first goal in the seventh minute.  Junior Hailey Zweber scored her first goal of the year unassisted to put her team on top 1-0.  After missing all of last season due to injury, the goal was Zweber's first of her Tommie career.

St. Thomas struck again just six minutes later when senior Taylor Skorik took a pass from Mallory DeBoom and finished in the back of the net to give the Tommies the 2-0 lead just over 12 minutes in.

The lead held through the remainder of the first half, as the St. Thomas defense fended off four shots, including two chances that were turned away by senior goalkeeper Tarynn Theilig.  In the half, the Tommies outshot the Cobbers 7-4, including a 5-2 edge in shots on goal.

Concordia got on the scoreboard early in the second half and swayed the momentum its way in the 62nd minute.  Emily Payne received an assist from Paige McCullough to pull the Cobbers within a goal, but it was all the closer they would get as the Tommie defense stood tall once again to secure the win.  Concordia was able to put just one more shot on target for the remainder of the game.

The Cobbers flipped the script in the second half, outshooting St. Thomas 6-5 to bring the game total to 12-10 in favor of the Tommies.  However, the Purple held the clear advantage in shots on goal, tallying an 8-5 edge.  St. Thomas also held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

In goal, Theilig made four saves and gave up just her second goal of the season in her seventh win of the year.  Maddy Reed suffered the loss in six-save effort for the Cobbers.

St. Thomas will be back in action on Saturday when its plays host to Hamline University at 1:00 pm at South Field.