Goals From Knutson and Burns Lift the Tigers Over the Bulldogs
|Game Statistics||Texas Lutheran||Trinity University|
|Shots (on goal)||3 (2)||15 (8)|
SAN ANTONIO - The Men's Soccer team picked up a huge home win over Texas Lutheran University to start Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on the right foot. The Tigers outlasted the Bulldogs and now improve to (3-2-2, 1-0-0 SCAC) after tonight's win.
First-year Adam Knutson (Dripping Springs, Texas / Dripping Springs) had his first multi-goal game of the season. The rookie scored in the 19th and 77th minute but senior Fraser Burns (Dalry, Scotland / Garnock Academy) stepped up to score the game-winner in the 80th minute. Despite only taking four shots on the evening, the Bulldogs hung around and scored two second-half goals to make the match interesting.
The Tigers controlled the pitch from the first whistle. Just two minutes in, junior Joseph Kuri (San Antonio, TX / TMI Episcopal) took a shot that was off target but the Trinity offense continued to push. A few minutes later, Knutson took a shot that missed high. Senior Chen Adjei (Euless, TX / Trinity) went on a run and found Knutson who finessed the ball into the back of the net to put the Tigers up 1-0 in the 19th minute.
Later in the first half, Senior Philip Duenez (San Antonio, TX / Stevens) and junior Luke Newport (Austin, TX / Austin) both put shots on target that were saved by the TLU keeper. The Tiger defense managed to keep the Bulldogs out of the box and held them to no shots during the first half.
Following the break, Adjei immediately took a shot that the Bulldog's keeper saved. TLU then followed that up with the equalizer to make the score 1-1. Knutson found the back of the net in the 77th minute to put the Tigers in front 2-1 but the Bulldogs answered with a goal of their own to make the score 2-2 with 11 minutes left to play.
A minute later, senior Michael Pham (Richardson, TX / Plano East) found Burns in the box to score what eventually ended up being the game-winner. Trinity held TLU to just one shot for the remainder of the match to hang on and win the first conference match of the season.
The Tigers will be back at home on Sunday, October 2 to host Southwestern University in more SCAC action. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.