“WE HAVE STEADILY IMPROVED
EACH OF MY THREE SEASONS,
SO WE WILL BE READY TO GO
EVEN FURTHER IN THE TOUR-
NAMENT NEXT YEAR!
- BRIELLE BIERMAN ‘ 18
Photos: Lauren Petersen ( 1, 2) Elsa Langenwalter ( 3, 4)
Page: Emma Bassier
“The conference team to beat.” That’s how the women’s soccer team started the season. Even with a young roster of two
seniors and 10 freshmen, the team allowed only six goals all
season. The coaching staff, led by Sheila McGill, received the
Division III North Region Coaching Staff of the Year award,
and senior goalie Tarynn Theilig and sophomore Mallory DeBoom were selected for the All-American team. Additionally,
the team recorded 15 shutouts and won the MIAC title for the
second year in a row.
St. Thomas opened the season defeating UW-Stevens Point
3-0 on Sept. 1 and was recognized by the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America Division III, with a No. 20
ranking in the first polls. On Sept. 28, they celebrated McGill’s
100th victory in a 2-1 win over Concordia.
The Tommies had an impressive 3. 48 team GPA; eight upper-classmen had GPAs of 3. 60 or better making the team unbeatable in the classroom and on the field. On Oct. 8, the MIAC
named Theilig Soccer Athlete of the Week after recording two
shutouts in a week. At that point, she led the MIAC and nation in save percentage (.963) while the team continued an
unbeaten season (10-0-1).
St. Thomas claimed the MIAC title, defeating Carleton 3-0 on
Oct. 26. Junior Brielle Bierman scored twice and DeBoom
scored and added an assist to the win. Zweber, who played an
integral role on defense, said, “All of the teams in the MIAC are
strong teams, and if you look at our record, we have many 1-0
games, which is a testament to that. Each game was a battle,
challenging us to leave it all on the field every time.” The Tommies hardwork showed in the MIAC and nationally as they got
ranked higher to No. 14.
On Nov. 12th, the season ended in a difficult 1-0 loss against
Loras in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Whitewa-ter, Wisconsin. The Tommies had many shots on goal and four
corner kicks but couldn’t convert any into goals. Theilig, DeBoom, Skorik and sophomore Brie Bourdage made it on the
20-player All-MIAC first team, showing that the Tommies have
many talented players returning next year. They graduate only
two seniors, including Skorik, who said, “None of us are playing soccer for scholarships or popularity; It’s all for each other
and the love of the game.“