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Men's Soccer Embarks on Road Weekend; Whitwell Earns SCAC Honor

Men's Soccer Embarks on Road Weekend; Whitwell Earns SCAC Honor

SAN ANTONIO – The Tiger men's soccer team embarks on its final road trip of the regular season this weekend, taking on a pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference teams.

Following a tough start to the season, Trinity has gotten back on track thanks to a six-game winning streak that was extended with last weekend's 8-0 drubbing of Schreiner University. Eight different Tiger players scored goals in the game and it marked the second time in the last three games that Trinity scored an 8-0 victory. Trinity has recorded three of its four shutouts this season during the current win streak.

Honors & Awards

Tom Whitwell (Warwick, England / Repton School) secured his first career SCAC Defensive Player of the Week award this past week, helping the Tigers to the 8-0 shutout win over Schreiner. Whitwell is the third straight Trinity player to earn a conference player of the week award: Joseph Kuri (San Antonio, Texas / TMI Episcopal) was the offensive selection two weeks ago, while Pieter Blank (The Hague, The Netherlands / Dalton Voorburg) was last week's defensive winner.

NCAA III Regional Rankings - First Week

As the 2022 regular-season campaign reaches the homestretch, the NCAA has announced the first set of regional rankings Wednesday for Region 10 which include Trinity. The first release of ranked teams in each region is not in order of rank, simply listed alphabetically. True rank order will be evaluated and released over each of the next two weeks leading up to the NCAA III tournament.

Joining Trinity in the list of seven as fellow members of the SCAC are University of St. Thomas and Colorado College. The Northwest Conference claimed two spots between Willamette University (OR) and Pacific Lutheran University (WA). To round out the first week's group, California Lutheran University represents the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor represents the American Southwest Conference.

Weekend Preview

Trinity (7-3-2, 5-0-0 SCAC) sits atop the SCAC standings as the last remaining undefeated team without a loss or tie in conference play. This weekend, the Tigers will face off against the last two SCAC Champions in St. Thomas (9-1-3, 2-1-2 SCAC) and Centenary College (2-7-5, 1-4-0 SCAC). St. Thomas, the reigning conference champion, is currently tied for third in the league standings, while Centenary is eighth. The Gents won the title at the end of the abbreviated Spring 2021 season that was postponed from the fall due to COVID.

Trinity: The Tigers are averaging just over three goals per game this season, though that number has bloomed to 5.0 goals/game during SCAC play so far this year. Trinity is led offensively by a mix of four different players that have scored double-digit points so far this season. Adam Knutson (Dripping Springs, Texas / Dripping Springs) and Fraser Burns (Dalry, Scotland / Garnock Academy) are currently leading the way with 13 total points, while Burns leads the Tigers (and the SCAC) with seven assists. Michael Somerville (Ft. Worth, Texas / Arlington Heights) and Joseph Kuri (San Antonio, Texas / TMI Episcopal) are just one point off the lead, with Somerville holding a slight edge with a team-high six goals. Kuri and Knutson have both scored five total goals, while Burns has two game-winners among his three goals scored. Trinity goalkeepers Juan Carlos Vidales (Laredo, Texas / IMG Academy) and Austin Wilman (Esher, England / Charterhouse School) have played all but 45 minutes in net, combining for three shutouts.

St. Thomas: Friday's game against St. Thomas will be a rematch of last year's SCAC Championship game, which was won 1-0 by the Celts. During the 2021 regular season, Trinity earned a 3-2 road win in double overtime against St. Thomas, followed by the two teams playing to a 1-1 draw in San Antonio. St. Thomas also defeated Trinity in the SCAC Semifinals of the Spring 2021 Tournament. The Celts are led by Taty Aleman's 14 goals, which also currently leads the SCAC. Aleman is also tied for the SCAC lead with 31 total points. Daniel Castro has scored eight goals for St. Thomas this season, while Ayomide Salako (16 points) and Ian Alvarez (15 points) make it four Celts players in the top six in the SCAC in scoring. Goalkeepers Cristo Gayoso and Rodrigo Lazo have split time most of the season, combining for 36 saves and allowing just nine goals in more 1,000 minutes for a GAA under 1.00.

Centenary: Sunday's game against Centenary will see the Tigers face off against another prolific scorer. Jaron Petreas has seven goals and five assists to lead the Gents in both categories, piling up 19 points and is the only player with more than eight points scored this season. Goalkeeper Sami Borchalli has three shutouts and 61 saves in more than 1,200 minutes in net this season, though he is holding a 2.13 GAA after allowing 29 total goals in 14 starts.

Looking Ahead

Trinity will conclude the regular season schedule by hosting Colorado College on Friday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m. Colorado College handed Trinity a 3-1 defeat in non-conference play earlier this season in Colorado Springs.