Program Overview

 

St. Thomas women’s soccer has been a conference and regional power for much of the program’s 32-year history, and the Tommies are on the rise again under 11th-year head coach Sheila McGill (110-60-20 overall).

The Tommies have posted 24 top-five MIAC finishes in 32 seasons, including six championships and 10 second-place finishes. They've reached the NCAA playoffs 10 times, and advanced to the 1987 Division III Final Four and the 2002 national quarterfinals.

The Tommies have had six All-Americas in the last 16 seasons -- 1997 honoree Kelley Hudson, who set a MIAC record for season goals with 27; Tessie Thompson, honored both in 2001 and 2002, was the 2002 conference Player of the Year, and voted a CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2002; 2009 honoree Kirsten Moran, who helped St. Thomas go 27-7-6, while making two NCAA playoff appearances, winning the 2008 conference championship, and taking second in 2009; 2016 honoree Mallory DeBoom who was a forward for the 17-3-1 NCAA playoff qualifying Tommies; and 2016 honoree Tarynn Theilig who recorded 13 complete shutouts as goalkeeper in the 2016 season alone.

The Tommies have a strong academic tradition with a team grade-point average between 3.25-3.45. In 2013 alone, UST had seven upperclass athletes make Academic All-MIAC with cumulative gpas of 3.50 or better.

St. Thomas’ home field is on the university’s south campus features a newly-installed turf field. The complex includes new bleachers and scoreboard. The Tommies’ schedule includes annual trips to places like Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and California.


Recent Success

The 2016 Tommies repeated as MIAC regular-season champions after posting a 10-0-1 conference record. St. Thomas fell in the MIAC championship game but received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament for the teams' first trip since 2009. The Tommies lost to Loras in the first round and ended the season with a 17-3-1 record. Coach McGill and her staff were honored as Region Coaching Staff of the Year following the remarkable season.
In 2015, St. Thomas posted a 8-2-1 conference record to win the MIAC regular-season championship. In the MIAC playoffs, the Tommies reached the championship game but fell to Gustavus to finish second in the tournament.

Picked for sixth in the 2008 MIAC preseason poll, St. Thomas stormed to the championship with a 9-0-2 conference record. McGill was named MIAC Coach of the Year, and Erin Sprangers was selected conference Player of the Year. Their 14-1-5 record and .825 win percentage ranked among the best in college soccer, and UST reached 13th in the Division III national rankings. After surrendering 24 goals in 18 games in 2007, St. Thomas allowed just 12 goals in 20 games in 2008. The Toms outscored foes 20-5 in the second half, had 10 shutouts in regulation, scored first in 12 of 16 games, and had three comeback wins.

The 2002 Tommies had a 15-game unbeaten streak, shared the MIAC championship, and reached the NCAA playoffs for the second consecutive season. They advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight where they lost a two-overtime, 0-0 shootout to eventual national champion Ohio Wesleyan and closed the season 14-4-2. The 2003 Toms reached the inaugural conference playoffs and placed second in the MIAC.

The Toms also had a memorable season in 1997, when they built a two-season win streak to 17 en route to a conference runner-up finish and 17-3 overall record. They led Macalester in an NCAA second-round game 2-0 before losing in overtime. St. Thomas closed 16-3-1 in 2001, including a school-record 13-game winning streak.