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So close, but Women's Soccer season ends with shootout loss

Mark Brown photo
Mark Brown photo

With a national semifinal playoff spot on the line Saturday in Wheaton, Ill., No. 19-ranked Tommie Women's Soccer played No. 15-ranked Carnegie-Mellon to a 0-0 tie through regulation and through another 20 minutes of overtime.

A shootout tiebreaker was needed, and Carnegie-Mellon made its last five shots to escape with a 6-5 win through seven rounds.

St. Thomas (17-2-5) saw another excellent season end in the NCAA playoffs in frustrating fashion via a shootout. Coach Sheila McGill's team closed with a 17-game unbeaten streak (12-0-5).

The Toms recorded their 15th shutout of the season and allowed just 11 goals in 24 games. Carnegie had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks, but the Toms had a 12-5 advantage in shots on goal.

The Purple went 3-0-3 in postseason play, winning two shootouts and losing the third.

St. Thomas loses four seniors to graduation -- Elizabeth Luotto, Kaley Roberts, Lauren Wikstrom and Olivia Elvidge.