ST. PAUL, Minn. – The St. Thomas women's soccer team won its fourth straight game in a 1-0 defeat of St. Olaf on Wednesday afternoon at South Field.
The Tommies got the eventual game-winning goal in the 67th minute from sophomore Brie Bourdage.
With the win, St. Thomas improves to 9-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the MIAC, while St. Olaf drops to 6-4-0 overall and 3-3-0 in league play.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first half. Each team took its turn possessing the ball and creating chances in a well-played opening 45 minutes. Although there were a combined seven shots on goal during the half, a number of the chances came from the perimeter and the score remained a 0-0 tie.
The two teams opened the second half with an even shot count of 3-3 through the first 10 minutes until the Tommies found the back of the net to score the eventual game-winner thanks to plays made a trio of sophomores.
Mallory DeBoom started the play when she served the ball into the box from the end line. DeBoom's serve found the feet of Mary Ennis, who sent a touch to Brie Bourdage, who put it away to give the Tommies the 1-0 lead. The goal was Bourdage's second of the season.
St. Thomas had a scare later in the half when a miscommunication nearly sent a Tommie defender's pass into the back of the net. But fortunately the pass went awry and the Purple avoided disaster.
The Oles put together a late flurry of shots, putting up three in the final three minutes, but could not connect, as the Tommies sealed the narrow shutout win.
For the game, the Oles tallied a 14-13 shot advantage, including an 8-5 edge in shots on goal. St. Olaf also recorded six corner kicks compared to four for St. Thomas.
In net, senior keeper Tarynn Theilig tallied eight saves in her ninth win and sixth shutout of the year. Her counterpart, Julie Johnson suffered the loss in a four-save effort.
The Tommies will be back in action on Saturday night when they travel down Grand Ave., to take on Macalester at 7:00 pm.