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#13 Trinity Settles for Draw Against Rowan on Sunday Night

ACTION: #41 Adam Knutson lines up for a shot in the game against Rowan

SAN ANTONIO – The 13th-ranked Trinity men's soccer team finished off its opening weekend of the 2022 season with a 3-3 draw against Rowan University on Sunday night.

Both teams opened the game with a flurry of scoring, combining for four goals in the first 25 minutes of action. The Tigers added a goal late in the first half to take the advantage into the break, and that lead held for nearly the entire second period. Rowan scored the equalizer with just over 12 minutes remaining to set up the final result. Trinity had five shots in the final eight minutes – including a pair of on-target attempts – but Rowan escaped with the draw.

After defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges last night, Trinity now stands 1-0-1 on the season. Rowan earned its first win of the young season over Southwestern University yesterday at Trinity University, and today's tie puts them at 1-1-1 this season.

The Rundown

Rowan got the first opportunity of the game that started with a long throw-in that landed at the top of the six-yard box. That led to a pair of quick shots that were blocked by Tiger defenders, but the second rebounded right to the feet of another Rowan player, and the result was a 1-0 lead for the visitors in the fifth minute of play.

Trinity didn't have to wait long to tie things up, as a Rowan yellow card led to the first of two quick Tiger goals. JonConnor Rule (San Antonio, Texas / Johnson) took the initial free kick after the restart and attacked towards the Rowan 18-yard box, before laying a pass off to Jack Eubank (Raleigh, N.C. / Needham Broughton) on the left side of the field. Eubank collected himself and lofted a cross into the box for Michael Meese (Williamsburg, Va. / Jamestown). Meese redirected the pass with a header from just outside the six-yard box to make it a 1-1 game.

Just over two minutes later, Trinity struck again to take its first lead of the game. Eubank got the play started by holding off a defender as he slid towards the box, drawing two more Rowan players to him before shooting a pass out wide to Hunter Cain (Katy, Texas / Cinco Ranch). Cain crossed the ball back to the middle of the field as he approached the end line and Fraser Burns (Dalry, Scotland / Garnock Academy) was there to finish off the score and make it a 2-1 game.

Rowan took advantage of another throw-in to the top of the box with a little more than half the period remaining. This time Trinity goalkeeper Austin Wilman (Esher, England / Charterhouse School) came out to meet the throw, but was unable to clear it from a pair of Rowan attackers. The ball once again rebounded to the top of the box and the Profs headed home another goal to make it a 2-2 game.

As the final minutes of the first half came to a close, Tiger first-year Adam Knutson (Dripping Springs, Texas / Dripping Springs) was able to drill a spectacular goal from outside the box. Pieter Blank (The Hague, Netherlands / Dalton Voorburg) lofted a long pass to the top of the box, but Rowan cut it off and tried to clear it out of their defensive half. Instead, the ball fell to Knutson who let it bounce one extra time, then unleashed a shot with his right foot to the top of the net with just over three minutes left until halftime.

Trinity's defense was much stingier in the second half, allowing just three total shots in the final 45 minutes of play. Unfortunately, one of the three attempts was the tying score with around 12 minutes left in the game. A foul at the halfway line led to a free kick that was lifted into the box. Trinity attempted to clear it, but Rowan was able to score from about 10 yards out to tie things up.

Michael Somerville (Ft. Worth, Texas / Arlington Heights) beat the back line with just over three minutes left and looked to be headed for a game-winning score. The defense recovered just enough to deflect Somerville's shot wide, but the Tigers did win a corner kick. Trinity kept attacking and eventually drew a foul just in front of their bench with just under two minutes left. Rowan cleared the free kick outside the box, finding the feet Cain - who was able to get off an on-target shot, but it was saved by Rowan and the threat was ended. Trinity's last chance came as Meese sent in a cross for Somerville in the final seconds, but Rowan's goalkeeper was able to punch the ball away and the game ended in the tie.

Up Next

Trinity will head to Abilene, Texas, for its next game, taking on Hardin-Simmons University on Friday, September 9, at 8:00 p.m.