San Antonio – Trinity's men's soccer team lost a 2-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference decision to Austin (TX) College in the final regular season home game of the 2019 season on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers had three on-target shots in the first 14 minutes of the game, but Austin was able to keep Trinity off the scoreboard with three saves.
In the 18th minute, Austin was awarded a penalty after Trinity was called for a foul in the box, and the Kangaroos converted for a 1-0 lead.
That lead held until the half, despite 15 total shots and six total shots on goal from Trinity in the first period.
Austin made six more saves in the second half to keep the lead, then had another score late to put the game out of reach.
After knocking one of the Trinity shots away from the net, Austin gave up a corner to the Tigers with just over three minutes remaining. Trinity sent everyone but the keeper forward to try and equalize, but the defense held.
The visitors immediately counter-attacked, with one Austin player and one Tiger defender running for the goal. Austin won the race and slipped the shot just under Tiger keeper Blake Lieberman to make it a 2-0 game with 2:49 remaining.
Trinity falls to 10-5-2 overall and 6-3-0 in SCAC play with the loss, while Austin improves to 6-10-1 and 3-6-0 in SCAC with the win. Austin also qualifies for the SCAC Tournament with the win.
The Tigers lost to Austin for the first time since the 1992 season, as well as for the first time in SCAC action (the Kangaroos joined the SCAC in 2006).
Trinity out-shot Austin 22-11 overall and held a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks, but Austin was able to score on two of its four shots on goal. The Kangaroos also turned away 12 on-target shots for the Tigers, recording six saves in each half to preserve the shutout.
The Tigers will host the SCAC Tournament Friday through Sunday, November 8-10. Trinity will be the #3 seed at the tournament and will open up in the SCAC Quarterfinals against sixth-seeded University of Dallas (TX), at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.