In a season that will continue to be plagued with uncertainty and the unknown, St. Thomas
The soccer team began answering a few questions Saturday at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
Playing their first game in the Division I Pioneer Football League, the Tommies manhandled
Butler, dominating from start to finish in a 36-0 win.
Excited with the way his team played on both sides of the ball, excited for an enthusiast
attendance (5,051) and humbled by the presence of approximately 150 former players, Tommies
Coach Glenn Caruso is frankly giddy about one more important event that took place on
“We were having breakfast this morning,” Caruso said, “and I turned to our coaches and said:
‘You know what excites me the most besides the game? Whatever happens in the
game, we can go home and watch all the games that happened in the league tonight. ‘
“We have a real data point that is accounting. It’s just not about guessing out of nowhere. ”
Likewise, the rest of the league can now see for themselves that while the Tommies roster is still
dominated by recruits from Division III, he is a capable opponent.
Butler was picked in preseason to finish near the end of the Pioneer, but the Tommies
The dominant performance surely caught the attention of some coaches.
“The diversity of the league, not just by location, but by recruiting because of that location.
It does, it’s so all over the place, ”Caruso said. “It’s been a long time around here since we had
no idea what to expect.
“There is a novelty and a romance in not being sure what will happen.”
Senior safety Rian O’Connor, who made his first start because Luke Glenna had to sit outside of the
the first half after receiving a goal penalty last week, said the Tommies’ confidence in his
The skills help to moderate any fear of the unknown.
“The mystery is inevitable,” he said. “This was our first home game in two years. Besides that,
It was against a new division and a new league against teams that we have never played against. That
It would be easy to get nervous about it, but we just focus on ourselves. ”
The Tommies had 424 yards of total offense to 278 for Butler. Senior QB Cade
Sexauer, making his first outing, was rock solid. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 194 yards. He
he also ran for 31 yards.
Senior running back Tom Loeffler (61 yards) and sophomore Hope Adebayo (75 yards) ran
the ball effectively.
Loeffler’s 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter set the score in gear for the Tommies.
Sexauer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to fullback Josh Komis early in the second quarter,
and a successful 2-point conversation game the Tommies with a 15-0 lead.
Loeffler’s second touchdown of the game, a 5-yard dash, gave the Tommies their 22-0 halftime.
Senior tight end Max Zimmerman caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Sexauer in the third
room. The Tommies closed their score with a 34-yard touchdown from Adebayo.
The Tommies forced two turnovers on defense, a Seth Beckett fumble recovery and a
interception by O’Connor.
Both O’Connor and Caruso praised the work of defensive coordinator Walli Kuchinski preparing the
“When you have Coach K in your meetings every week, you feel so confident in the game
plan, ”O’Connor said. “When you don’t have to think, you can play super fast.”