Women's soccer opens MIAC play with 2-0 win

Women's soccer opens MIAC play with 2-0 win

ST. PAUL - The St. Thomas women's soccer team defeated Saint Mary's Unviersity 2-0 to open up Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) play on Tuesday afternoon at South Field.  

With the win, the Tommies improve to 4-0-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the MIAC, while the Cardinals drop to 4-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in league play. 

St. Thomas got on the scoreboard early, scoring in the 11th minute.  Junior Mallory DeBoom scored her third goal in the last three games to put the Tommies on top 1-0.  DeBoom received assists from Brie Bourdage and McKenna Peplinski on the goal. 

The DeBoom goal served as a good omen for the Tommies, who entered today 17-0-1 in games where the Edina product found the back of the net. 

The Tommies continued to control the remainder of the first half, outshooting the Cardinals 12-0 in the first 45 minutes, including an 8-0 advantage in shots on net.  

St. Thomas put more pressure on the Cardinal defense in the second half.  Just over eight minutes after the break, the Purple took advantage of its first shot.  McKenna Peplinski burried her attempt in the back of the net after Tess Baier served it into the box from the left side. 

Peplinski's goal put the Tommies on top 2-0, which proved to be enough in the win.  Although Saint Mary's did put a shot on net following the goal, St. Thomas pushed forward, putting up a 7-1 edge in shots for the second half. 

On the afternoon, the Tommies finished with a 19-1 shot advantage and a 12-1 edge on target.  UST also tallied nine corner kicks to just one for the Cardinals. 

In goal, Katie Lynn recorded her third win of the year in a one-save shutout.  Her counterpart, Gabriella Pederson, made 10 saves in the loss. 

St. Thomas will be back on the field on Saturday when it heads to St. Joseph to take on Saint Benedict at 3:30 pm.