Men's Soccer Claims SCAC Championship
Men’s Soccer would make history by claiming their first-ever Southern College Athletic Conference championship, defeating No. 2 Trinity, 1-0.
After 70 scoreless minutes with few opportunities, St. Thomas would get on the board behind Angel Ramirez’ first career goal. With a perfectly placed ball off Luis Bencomo’s free kick, Ramirez would change the landscape of the match after his header would roll past the Trinity Goalkeeper.
As momentum teetered towards the Celts, they now had to change their focus toward slowing down the dangerous Trinity Tiger attack. The St. Thomas back line would bend but not break, surviving a barrage of shots in the final 15 minutes of the match. As time expired, the Celts would etch their name into the record books as champions.
As celebration ensued, Angel Ramirez would be named the SCAC Tournament Defensive MVP, while fellow-Celt Fabian Delgado would pick up Offensive MVP honors for the tournament.
“Our team showed quality and grit to win the SCAC Championship, I could not be prouder” said Head Coach Ian Clerihew. “This is a group of remarkable student-athletes that truly compete for each other and the University of St Thomas. Today’s championship is for every player that has worn the Celt jersey.”
With St. Thomas being in the last year of their NCAA provisional period, they are unable to advance to NCAA Tournament. This marks the end of Men’s Soccer’s 2021 season. They post a program-best 12-2-4 (.778) record while remaining unbeaten in conference play.