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Women's soccer draws with Augsburg

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL - After allowing an early goal, the St. Thomas women's soccer team came back to force a draw with MIAC-leading Augsburg University on Wednesday afternoon at South Field.  The Tommies are now 11-3-2 overall and 6-3-1 in the MIAC, while Augsburg is 11-3-2 and 7-1-2 in league play. 

The Tommies also designated the game as a "Cancer Awareness Game", which included a fundraiser for Hall of Fame women's soccer player Tessie "Thompson" Sylvester, who is battling cancer of her own.  Both teams also stood together for a program at halftime to draw awareness to the fight against cancer. 

In the game, the Tommies came out to tally the first three shots of the game, including a chance that hit the crossbar by junior Mallory DeBoom in the eighth minute.  But it was the Auggies who got on the scoreboard, taking advantage of its second shot attempt of the contest. 

The MIAC's leading goal scorer, Ashley St. Aubin, was the one to spark the start.  She received a pass on the right wing, took a number of touches, spun and picked out the top right corner of the goal to give Augsburg a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.  

Despite a 4-2 shot advantage in the half for St. Thomas, the Auggies took the lead into the halftime break.  However, the lead only lasted a little over 11 minutes into the second half until senior Brielle Bierman scored her fifth goal of the year to tie things up.  

Junior Mallory DeBoom brought the ball down the right side to start the play and crossed in front to Bierman, who found herself in a dangerous position right in front of the net.  She didn't let it go to waste, tying the game at one apiece.  

A number of chances were created by each team down the stretch, but neither were able to connect and the game went to overtime. 

It was much of the same in the two overtimes, each team trading dangerous scoring chances.  St. Thomas put five shots on goal in the second overtime, while the Auggies recorded three shots on goal in the two overtimes combined, but the defenses stood tall through the final 20 minutes in the 1-1 draw.  

The Tommies finished with a 22-14 shot advantage, including a 13-8 edge on target, and also tallied seven corner kicks to just two for Augsburg. 

In goal, Olivia Elvidge made seven saves in 110 minutes of action to move to 3-2-2 on the year.  Marissa Guillou recorded 11 saves and was given the tie in 65 minutes of work after Emily Chapman started the game and played the first 45 minutes.  She moves to 3-1-2 on the season.

The Tommies will wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Arden Hills to take on Bethel at 3:30 pm.