The University of St. Thomas is located in St. Paul, Minn., but the school's men's soccer team has a strong Wisconsin influence.
The eighth-ranked Tommies (20-1-3), who will play Tufts, Mass. (13-5-2) in the NCAA Division III national semifinals at 10 a.m. Friday in Salem, Va., have a dozen state players on their roster.
Senior defender Mark Heydt (Brookfield East), a transfer from UW-Milwaukee, leads the team with seven goals and 10 assists. He's started every match for the Tommies, as has junior midfielder Alex Schnobrich (Hudson), who has two goals and five assists. And sophomore Aidan Hogan (Kohler) is St. Thomas' main goalkeeper, with a 13-0-1 record, 10 shutouts and a 0.33 goals-against average.
The Tommies were unbeaten in their first 17 matches before their lone loss, a 2-0 setback against Augsburg in their regular-season finale. St. Thomas avenged the loss with a 1-0 overtime victory in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals; junior midfielder Connor Young (Menomonee Falls) scored the golden goal, assisted by Heydt and junior forward Christian Elliehausen (Milwaukee Marquette), while Hogan made two saves for the clean sheet.
|Player||Year||Pos.||Hometown/High school||2016 statistics|
|Josh Boris||Jr||D||Cedarburg||20 appearances (11 starts), 2 assists|
|Andrew Edwards||Fr.||M-F||Cedarburg||3 appearances|
|Christian Elliehausen||Jr.||F||Campbellsport/Milw. Marquette||23 appearances (15), 5 goals, 3 assists|
|Paul Gwidt||Jr.||F||Whitefish Bay||23 appearances (1), 1 goal|
|Mark Heydt||Sr.||D||Brookfield East||24 appearances (24), 7 goals, 10 assists|
|Aidan Hogan||So.||GK||Kohler||13-0-1, 0.33 gaa, 10 shutouts|
|Sam Kornetzke||Fr||D-M||Cedarburg||3 appearances|
|Brandon Lifke||So.||M||Neenah/Appleton Xavier||12 appearances (3)|
|Finn O'Neill||Fr.||M||Marshfield||3 appearances|
|Alex Schnobrich||Jr.||M||Hudson||24 appearances (24), 2 goals, 5 assists|
|Drew Winkoski||Fr.||F||Wales/Kettle Moraine||8 appearances|
|Connor Young||Jr.||M||Menomonee Falls||22 appearances (21), 2 goals, 1 assist|
There will be a state representative in the other Division III men's semifinal, too. Sophomore defender James Jeninga (Milwaukee Lutheran) has made 10 appearances for No. 16 Calvin, Mich. (22-2-0), which plays Brandeis, Mass. (13-5-4) at 12:30 p.m. Jeninga has come off the bench in three of the Knights' four NCAA tournament matches.