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Trinity Men's Soccer Edged by St. Thomas in SCAC Action

Trinity Men's Soccer Edged by St. Thomas in SCAC Action

HOUSTON – The Tiger men's soccer team suffered its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference loss of the season and had its six-game win streak snapped, as the University of St. Thomas won a 2-1 decision over Trinity on Friday night.

Trinity fell to 7-4-2 overall and 5-1-0 in conference play, while St. Thomas improves to 10-1-3 overall and 3-1-2 in SCAC. The Tigers remain in first place in the standings, though, with 15 total points so far this season. The two teams combined for just 18 total shots in the game, with St. Thomas holding a slight 10-8 lead.

Joseph Kuri (San Antonio, Texas / TMI Episcopal) scored the lone goal of the night for the Tigers, which came on a penalty kick in the 70th minute. The Tigers had three of their six corner kicks and three of the team's eight shots in the final 20 minutes, but were unable to find the equalizer.

Both teams eased into the action in the early part of the game as there were only two shots by St. Thomas in the first 20 minutes. Juan Carlos Vidales (Laredo, Texas / IMG Academy) made the first of his five saves on the night in the 20th minute, though St. Thomas got on the board in the 22nd minute on just its third shot of the game to take a 1-0 lead.

Fraser Burns (Dalry, Scotland / Garnock Academy) picked up Trinity's only shot of the first half shortly after the goal, forcing St. Thomas to make a save to keep the lead. Vidales had his second save of the first half just a few minutes later and neither team managed a shot in the final 17 minutes.

As much as the teams came out slowly in the first half, the second half began with plenty of action on the offensive end for both teams. St. Thomas clanged a shot off the post less than five minutes into the period, then Trinity followed with a pair of shots over the next five-plus minutes.

The Celts took a 2-0 lead in the 69th minute, just minutes after another save by Vidales. The margin was short-lived, though, as Kuri converted the penalty shot less than 90 seconds later to make it a 2-1 game.

Despite being forced to take extra chances and push forward for a tying goal, Trinity's defense still held up nicely under the pressure over the final 20 minutes. The Tigers allowed just one shot during the final stretch to give the team a chance to complete the comeback. Unfortunately, St. Thomas held on for the win, which is the second straight in the series with the Tigers.

Numbers to Note

The goal by Kuri was his sixth of the season and ties him for the team lead in 2022.

Vidales nearly doubled his save total for the year with a season-high five saves in tonight's game.

Trinity is just 2-4-1 against St. Thomas over the past four years and two of the four losses coming in SCAC Tournament play.

Up Next

The Tigers finish up the road weekend with another SCAC matchup against Centenary College on Sunday, October 23, in Shreveport, La.