Trinity Men in Familiar Spot – #1

Courtesy Trinity University SID

September 4, 2012

San Antonio – After starting off the 2012 season undefeated, the Tiger men’s soccer team has moved up to the top spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III rankings.

Trinity (3-0-0) opened the season with a 4-1 win over ninth-ranked University of Texas-Tyler on Friday night, avenging last season’s loss to the Patriots in the NCAA Playoffs.  The Tigers then recorded a 4-0 shutout victory over Mississippi College on Sunday, followed by a thrilling Labor Day win over Willamette.  Trinity needed overtime to hold on to a 3-2 victory in the final game of a busy opening weekend.

Brian Hines has scored three goals and two assists in the first two games, while Yuri Ribeiro has two goals and two assists.  Hines has knocked in two game-winners in the first three contests.  Goalkeeper Matt Cardone has picked up two of the team’s three wins, including a shutout in his second outing of the season on Sunday.

Trinity will face off against the University of Texas-Dallas and Hardin-Simmons University this weekend.  The games will be Friday and Saturday nights, and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Head Coach Paul McGinlay is in the midst of his 22nd season with the Tigers, having racked up more than 350 wins in his career.  His .831 winning percentage is the highest among any active coaches in Division III, and he ranks fifth among all coaches in winning percentage.

Overtime Loss to UNM Drops Texas to 2-4-0 on Season

Courtesy University of Texas Sports Information

Sept. 2, 2012

Box Score

AUSTIN, Texas – The first career goal by sophomore Sharis Lachappelle was not enough to lift Texas over New Mexico on Sunday afternoon inside Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field. The 2-1 loss came in heartbreaking fashion as Lobos’ senior Jordan Craig scored the equalizer in the 90th minute and the winner in the 104th minute of the second overtime period.

The Longhorns scored the contest’s first goal at 9:35. The match’s second shot turned into Lachappelle’s first career tally, as a New Mexico foul gave Texas a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Senior Kristin Cummins took the kick and her ball was headed past Lobo goalkeeper Kelli Cornell by Lachappelle.

Neither team managed another shot until the 25:37 mark, when senior Hannah Higgins’ attempt was saved by Cornell. The Lobos (2-3-1) countered with shots by Natalie Jenks and Lauren Irwin, but the first was blocked and the latter sailed wide left.

Texas sophomore goalkeeper Ava Vogel tallied her first save of the match at 31:18, when she stopped an Ashley Espinosa strike.

In the second half, Higgins nearly put the Longhorns up by two goals. She weaved her way through the defense and took a left-footed shot at 53:31, but it missed high. Two minutes later, Jenks had a chance to tie the match, but her shot also went high.

The Longhorns had another opportunity to increase the lead at 74:06 when freshman Lindsey Meyer’s header off a corner kick rolled just wide right of the frame. New Mexico would not relent and continued to pressure the Longhorns’ defense until the last moment. The continued effort led to a tie with a last-gasp goal in the 90th minute by Craig to send the game to overtime.

During the first overtime period, Texas had four shots but was not able to cash in. New Mexico nearly scored off of a header by Stephanie Rowe in the 100th minute but did not convert.

The Longhorns once again controlled the pace in the second overtime period, but it was the Lobos scoring the game winner. Coming off of a turnover in the midfield, junior Lobo defender Liz Nare passed to an open Craig, who scored her second goal of the match at 103:29.

UT (2-4-0) returns to action Thursday evening at BYU (4-1-0) for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Game of the Week, televised by FOX Soccer. The contest against the Cougars will start at 8 p.m. Central.

Post-Match Notes
– Two of Texas’ first five home matches have gone into overtime.
– The Longhorns had not played an overtime match at home since Oct. 29, 2010, prior to the season opener against Dayton, which went into one overtime period.
– UT took 14 shots to New Mexico’s 10. It is the fifth time this season the Longhorns have outshot their opponent.
– Junior Brenda Saucedo made her first career start. Entering the season, she had played in just five total matches. Already this season, she has appeared in six.
– Senior Kristin Cummins’ two assists this season match her career total entering the campaign. She tallied one as a freshman and one as a sophomore.
– Sophomore Sharis Lachappelle’s goal was the first of her Texas career after playing at the University of Houston in 2011.