ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - Tommie women's soccer picked up a 3-1 win over Bethel on Saturday afternoon at the Ona Orth Soccer Complex. With an Augsburg win over St. Olaf, the win earned the second seed in the upcoming MIAC Playoffs for St. Thomas, finishing second in the league standings behind Augsburg.
With the win, St. Thomas finishes the year 12-3-2 overall and 7-3-1 in the MIAC. It is the third straight season the Tommies have finished in the top two in the conference standings. Bethel closes out the regular season 9-7-2 overall and 4-6-1 in league play.
The Tommies wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Junior Mallory DeBoom opened the game's scoring with an unassisted goal in the seventh minute. Her 10th goal of the year gave St. Thomas a 1-0 lead in th early going.
But the Royals came right back to score in the 19th minute when Samantha Provost scored for Bethel to even the game in the 19th minute. Provost's third goal of the year sent the two teams to the locker room tied at the half.
Twelve minutes into the second half, freshman Paige Cater broke the tie with her third goal of the season at the 57:19 mark. Cater's goal was unassisted once again and would prove to be the eventual game-winner, as the Tommie defense locked down, allowing just one shot that was not on goal in the second half.
The single shot allowed by the Tommie defense in the second half added to six allowed in the first half for a total of seven shots for Bethel, of which just one was on goal. In comparison, the Tommies tallied 10 shots in the second half combined with seven from the opening half, which led to a 17-7 advantage for the game. Of the 17 shots for UST, nine were on target.
In goal, Olivia Elvidge recorded the win, her fourth of the season and third in her last four games. Her counterpart, Kaylee Peterson suffered the loss in a five-save effort.
St. Thomas will now await the results of Tuesday's quarterfinals in the MIAC Playoffs for its next opponent. The Tommies will host the winner of St. Olaf and Gustavus at 2:00 pm on Wednesday at South Field.