After leading St. Thomas Women's Soccer to a fifth-place national finish and repeat MIAC championships, Coach Sheila McGill and her assistants were again named the United Soccer Coaches North Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
McGill and aides Julie Eibensteiner, Julie Lundquist and Victoria Vargas were honored in a vote of region coaches as the best among 50 North Region teams.
McGill and Co., received the same elite award in 2016 and 2018, go onto the national ballot for National Staff of the Year consideration.
St. Thomas' 17-2-5 finish included eight shutouts in their last 10 games and just 11 goals allowed in their 24-game season. In six postseason games, St. Thomas went 3-0-3 with only three goals allowed over 600 minutes of play.
This year's Toms closed the season with a 17-game unbeaten streak (12-0-5), and also built a current 26-game home unbeaten streak. They beat one top-six ranked team, Washington (Mo.), and tied another, Wheaton, both on the road.
The 2019 Tommies also went unbeaten in overtime games (4-0-5); went 2-0-1 in postseason shootouts; and finished 17-0-1 in games when they scored the first goal.
They ranked 11th nationally in fewest goals allowed.
Over the last six seasons, the Tommies have climbed from eight wins in 2014 to 12 to 17, to to 13 to 19 and 17 this season. In the same span, their loss total dropped from eight to six to three to four to two and again to two.
Over the last two seasons combined, St. Thomas went 22-2-2 against conference opponents, and finished unbeaten in 10 postseason games (6-0-4).
St. Thomas is one of only four Division III women's soccer teams to have four juniors, sophomore or freshman players receive All-Region. Two Tommies remain under consideration for All-America.
Over the last five seasons, the Tommies have:
- built a 77-17-11 overall record
- won four regular-season and two playoff championships in the MIAC
- recorded a conference-best 64 shutouts
- went 38-12 in one-goal decisions
- went 49-0-2 in games when they scored two or more goals