Offensive Explosion Lifts Trinity Men's Soccer Past Centenary
SHREVEPORT, La. – The Trinity men's soccer team left little doubt as to how it would respond to its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference loss of the season, producing a definitive 11-0 win over Centenary College (LA) on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers improved to 8-4-2 overall and 6-1-0 in conference play, earning a weekend split on the road that keeps the team in first place in the standings. Centenary falls to 2-8-6 this season, as well as 1-5-1 in SCAC action.
Michael Somerville (Ft. Worth, Texas / Arlington Heights) led the offensive onslaught by earning his second hat trick of the season. He scored twice in the first half and then added his third midway through the second. Jesus Veloz (Dallas, Texas / Lone Star) had a hand in each of the first three goals of the game, contributing a goal and two assists. Austin Wilman (Esher, England / Charterhouse School) went the full 90 minutes in net for the clean sheet, recording a save to complete his first shutout of the season.
Trinity will close out the regular season by hosting Colorado College in one final SCAC game next weekend. Trinity can win the regular season title and the top seed at the SCAC Tournament with a win over Colorado College, which is currently four games behind Trinity with two games left to play on its schedule.
Trinity wasted no time in getting on the board as Veloz connected with Fraser Burns (Dalry, Scotland / Garnock Academy) for the eventual game-winner less than three minutes into the game. After Centenary failed to clear a ball from its own penalty area, Veloz picked up the loose ball and lofted it across the face of the goal for Burns to bury for the 1-0 Trinity lead.
In the 11th minute, Trinity drew a foul that set up a free kick from about 25 yards from goal. Before the defense could get set, Kyle Davis (Plano, Texas / Liberty) took the free kick and crossed it to the right for Veloz. As a pair of defenders scrambled to get in front of him, Veloz fired a shot from just inside the 18-yard box past a diving goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
Shortly after Centenary produced its only shot of the first half, Trinity was quick to counterattack. Veloz broke through the defense and headed towards the end line down the right side. He cut back and paused momentarily before finding the feet of Adam Knutson (Dripping Springs, Texas / Dripping Springs) for another score.
Less than two minutes later, Luke Newport (Austin, Texas / Austin) slipped past the defense and found the end of a pass that led him into the six-yard box. Instead of taking his own shot, he laid the ball back across the face of the goal for a pair of Tiger players. Connor Jones (Dallas, Texas / JJ Pearce) was the first option and he quickly converted for his third goal this year and a 4-0 Tiger advantage.
In the 33rd minute, Jones was back in the action down the right side, sending a cross into the box. The Centenary defense deflected the pass that fell to Jack Downes (Sheffield, England / Queen Ethelburgas) inside the box. Downes had his shot to the lower right of goal saved and Somerville was there for the rebound goal to start off his scoring and put Trinity ahead 5-0.
In the waning moments of the first half, Downes lofted a corner to the near post, where Somerville came off the line and redirected the ball into the net for a 6-0 lead with just over six minutes left in the half.
After a slower start, the Tigers were back at it again in the second half. Davis broke free down the right side in the 63rd minute, drawing a pair of defenders as he drove towards the goal. Left alone on the opposite side of the box was Chen Adjei (Euless, Texas / Trinity), who took the pass from Davis and got the second-half scoring going for Trinity.
Somerville completed his hat trick just a few minutes later with an outstanding individual effort. A Centenary goal kick was bouncing back and forth between the two teams near the center circle when Trinity shot the ball forward. As Centenary's defense tried to bring it down, Somerville jumped in and headed the ball over the last defender, then streaked past him into the box. Somerville then flicked the ball over a charging goalkeeper for his final score.
Grayson Golgert (Allen, Texas / Allen) made it a 9-0 game in the 71st minute with a long-range strike. Trinity played the ball back to Golgert in the center circle where he dribbled forward unmarked. Just as the defense moved to stop him, he fired a shot to the top left of the goal from about 35-40 yards out.
Braden Shuey (Frisco, Texas / Wakeland) got the first of his two goals in the game in the 79th minute on a corner kick assist from Zach Anderson (Davis, Calif. / Davis). His second came with just over a minute left in the game. Jones got behind the defense down the left side, holding off a defender as he made his way into the box, and drawing the goalkeeper out of the goal to stop him. Shuey raced down the field and beat the central defenders to the cross laid out by Jones in front of the now-empty net.
Numbers to Note
Somerville has now scored a hat trick twice in the last five games for the Tigers, finishing with at least one goal in four of those five outings. He takes over the team lead with nine goals this season.
The 11 goals scored by Trinity were the most scored in one game since the Tigers won a 12-0 decision over Sewanee: University of the South in October of 2010.
Veloz doubled his season total in assists and is now second on the team with four assists on the year.
Knutson moves into a tie for second in goals scored with his sixth of the season.
Today marked the first career goals of the season for Golgert, while Shuey notched his first career multi-goal game.
With today's winning goal, Burns has scored a team-best three game-winning goals this season.
Trinity hosts Colorado College in the final regular season game of the year on Friday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m. Colorado College handed Trinity a 3-1 loss in a non-conference matchup earlier this season in Colorado Springs, Colorado.