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Women's Soccer gets shutout win in NCAA playoff opener

Mark Brown photo
Mark Brown photo

Playing the program's first home NCAA playoff game in 17 seasons, No. 19-ranked Tommie Women's Soccer used Paige Cater's goal in the 52th minute and a solid defense to eliminate Monmouth (Ill.), 1-0, Saturday at South Field.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., St. Thomas will face Illinois Wesleyan, a 2-1 overtime winner Saturday over UW-Whitewater. The Titans, who edged St. Thomas 2-1 on a neutral field in September, have won 10 in a row.

The Tommies (16-2-3) pushed their unbeaten streak to 14 games (11-0-3), and also recorded their 13th shutout of the season.

Coach Sheila McGill's team has allowed just four goals in their last 14 games.

The Scots (14-5-2) were playing their first NCAA playoff game in the program's 26-year history. They hung around and made it a 90-minute game despite huge stat advantages by the Purple in corner kicks (12-0) and shots (15-2).

Sarah Pasternak had two saves in goal for the Toms, and Kate Heimer and Elizabeth Luotto assisted on Cater's goal.

St. Thomas is 16-0-1 in games on her career when Cater scores a goal or an assist.


Team Quick Facts -- Through Nov. 9


St. Thomas "Tommies"

NCAA Tourney Appearances: 13 (four in a row)

Best NCAA Finishes: Tie for third in 1987; tied for fifth in 2002

Head Coach, Record: Sheila McGill, 13th season, 157-68-27 

Latest United Coaches Ranking: No. 19

W-L Record, All/Conf./Home/Away/Neutral: 15-2-3/9-1, tie-1st/8-0-2/6-1/1-1 

2019 W-L Record Against D-III NCAA Tournament Teams: 3-2

Number of Varsity Players/Seniors: 28/4

Did You Know?: Tommies are unbeaten in their last 13 games (10-0-3); 4-0-3 this season in overtime games



Illinois Wesleyan "Titans" 

NCAA Tourney Appearances: 12th (11 of last 12 seasons)

Best NCAA Finishes: tie-3rd, 2014

Head Coach, Record, Season at School: Tony Dulak, 2nd season, 28-10-2

Latest United Coaches Ranking: Unranked

W-L Record, All/Conf./Home/Away/Neutral: 14-5-0

2019 W-L Record Against D-III NCAA Tournament Teams: x

Number of Varsity Players/Seniors: 25/5

Did You Know?: Tough early schedule, 1-4 start, has won last nine contests