Women’s soccer suffers first loss in hard fought battle

UW-Stout Sports Information
UW-Stout Sports Information

MENOMONEE, Wis. – Despite holding a 13-4 shot advantage, including an 8-3 edge in shots on goal, the 13th-ranked St. Thomas women's soccer team fell to UW-Stout by the final score of 1-0 on Wednesday night at Nelson Field.  The Tommies didn't get the bounce they needed and drop to 10-1-1 overall, while the Blue Devils improve to 4-7-1 on the season. 

St. Thomas came out and put the pressure on early, recording three shots on goal in the opening 11 minutes.  The Tommies went on to outshoot UW-Stout 5-1 through the first 35 minutes of the contest.

In the 36th minute, the Blue Devils took advantage of a corner kick from Ryanne Millis.  The Tommies did not get the clearance they were looking for and UW-Stout's Kelly Conn took advantage, knocking it home to put her team on top late in the first half. 

Neither team created a scoring chance for the remainder of the half, as St. Thomas went to the locker room trailing by a goal despite a 5-2 shot advantage, including a 5-1 edge in shots on goal.

Although trailing, the Tommies would not be deterred.  They came out to tally eight more shots, including three on goal, in the second half.  In comparison, UW-Stout put just two shots on net in the final 45 minutes, but St. Thomas just could not get the bounce they were looking for in the narrow loss.

For the game, St. Thomas finished with a 13-4 shot advantage, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on target.  The Tommies also tallied four corner kicks to UW-Stout's three. 

In goal, senior keeper Tarynn Theilig made two stops in the loss.  She is now 10-1-1 on the season.  Lynn Johnson made eight saves for the Blue Devils. 

St. Thomas will be back in action again on Saturday, when it hosts St. Catherine at South Field for a 1:00 pm start.