St. Thomas will play host to three MIAC semifinal-round playoff games on Wednesday and Thursday:
- Second-seed Men's Soccer (11-3-3) plays host to third-seed Carleton (14-4-1) Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at South Field.
- Second-seed Women's Soccer (14-2-2) plays host to sixth-seed Bethel (14-5) Wednesday at 2 p.m. at South Field.
- Top-seed Volleyball (27-4) plays host to third-seed Augsburg (23-5) Thursday at 7 p.m. at Schoenecker Arena.
Tickets for each MIAC playoff game are $10 for adults and $2 for students (age 5 and under free).
Coach Jon Lowery's Tommies are receiving votes in the national poll and ranked third in the North Region. They shared the conference regular-season crown -- the program's third in four seasons. The Purple have won 10 consecutive matches since a 2-1 loss to Gustavus seven weeks ago to start the league schedule.
Since allowing a goal in the eighth minute Oct. 1 at home against St. John's in an eventual 3-1 victory, St. Thomas has allowed just one goal in the last 712 minutes on the clock. That includes six consecutive MIAC shutouts.
Carleton eliminated St. Olaf 2-1 in a home playoff game Tuesday. The Knights and Tommies played a close game at South Field in mid-October, won 1-0 by the Purple thanks to a first-half penalty-kick goal by Halvor Houg. Both programs advanced to the NCAA playoffs last season.
Coach Sheila McGill's Tommies are ranked 19th in the national poll and first in the North Region. They shared the conference regular-season crown -- the program's fourth in five seasons.
The Purple have a 11-match unbeaten streak (9-0-2) since a 1-0 loss to Augsburg six weeks ago to start the league schedule. They have allowed just three goals in the last 1,094 minutes on the clock.
The Toms are 5-0 in overtime games this season (4-0 on the road), including a 2-1 win at Bethel in October with a goal scored in the 109th minute. They also won 1-0 at St. Mary's on Saturday with a goal by Kaley Roberts at 109:48. That was McGill's 250th game as St. Thomas coach (156-68-26).
Bethel's five losses have all come by one goal. After a 8-0 start where they outscored foes 37-2, BU is 6-5 in October and November games. They are averaging three goals a game and have been shutout just twice.
Coach Thanh Pham's Tommies are ranked 15th in the latest national poll. The final NCAA region poll comes out on Thursday ahead of next Monday's NCAA playoff announcement.
After being picked for third place in the preseason poll, St. Thomas won the conference regular-season crown -- the program's second in three seasons. Pham, in his 17th season, is looking to secure the Toms' 14th NCAA playoff berth in his tenure. He reached 450 victories on Saturday, and St. Thomas is looking to reach 30 wins for the sixth time under Pham (450-119).
The Purple have won 16 of their last 17 matches with a young team. Sophomore setter Grace Anetipa is a first-year starter, and two of their top hitters are freshmen Selena Levendoski and Kate Achenbach.
Augsburg scored a 3-0 home win over Gustavus on Tuesday to advance. The Auggies lost 3-1 at home to St. Thomas last Saturday and tied for second place with St. Olaf and St. Ben's.