Trinity Men's Soccer Ranked Regionally Ahead of Regular Season Finale
|Game Statistics||Colorado Col.||Trinity University|
|Shots (on goal)||11 (3)||13 (4)|
SAN ANTONIO – The Tiger men's soccer team has earned a spot in this week's NCAA Regional rankings, which have been released ahead of the team's regular season finale against Colorado College.
Trinity currently sits atop the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 6-1-0 league record, while the Tigers are 8-4-2 overall this season. The Tigers split a pair of road games in SCAC play last week, following a narrow 2-1 loss to St. Thomas with an 11-0 blowout at Centenary. Trinity has won seven of its last eight games.
NCAA III Regional Rankings
Trinity was listed among the schools in the first regional ranking last week (alphabetical listing), but this is the first week that the schools are assigned ranks. Leading Region 10 are Willamette University (OR) and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the top two spots. Other than Trinity, there are two other SCAC teams featured in the rankings: St. Thomas in fourth and Colorado College in sixth.
The final game of the regular season with be a rematch with Colorado College on Friday night. The two Tiger teams faced off in a non-conference matchup earlier this season and Colorado College scored a 3-1 victory over Trinity. However, Trinity is 7-2-0 since that defeat.
Trinity enters this weekend with the league's top-scoring offense and is ranked third in NCAA III in both points per game and assists per game this season. The Tigers are 12th in the country with 50 goals scored, while allowing just 18 on the year. Colorado College is third in the league with 35 goals scored and has allowed the third-fewest goals as well, yielding just 17 goals to its opponents.
With his second hat trick of the year, Michael Somerville (Ft. Worth, Texas / Arlington Heights) took over the team lead in scoring for Trinity, tallying nine total goals and 18 points. Adam Knutson (Dripping Springs, Texas / Dripping Springs) is tied for second on the team in points (15) and tied with Joseph Kuri (San Antonio, Texas / TMI Episcopal) for the team lead with six goals each. Fraser Burns (Dalry, Scotland / Garnock Academy) has also accrued 15 points with four goals and a team-best seven assists. Somerville is 38th in NCAA III in goals per game (0.75), while Burns is 39th in assists per game (0.50) and 47th in total assists. Austin Wilman (Esher, England / Charterhouse School) and Juan Carlos Vidales (Laredo, Texas / IMG Academy) have split time in goal for Trinity with each collecting two shutouts and spending 585 minutes or more in net.
Colorado College is led by a trio of scorers who have reached double figures this season: Alexander Ward has 12 points overall with four goals and four assists, while Curtis Hale is the team leader with five goals on the year and 11 total points. Sajjan Singh joins Ward as one of three players in the team lead with four assists and he has three goals to go with it. Jasper Broad has logged more than 800 minutes in goal for the CC Tigers, allowing 10 goals and recording 30 saves while posting a 1.07 GAA.
Looking Ahead: SCAC Tournament
The final weekend of the regular season has major implications for the SCAC Tournament, which is hosted by Austin College in Sherman, Texas, this season. The tournament will be held Nov. 4 and Nov. 6, with the top four teams in the conference competing for the SCAC Championships. Trinity has already clinched one of the four spots in the tournament, leaving three spots available to claim. St. Thomas, Colorado College, and Southwestern are in the lead to claim those spots; however, Texas Lutheran and Austin College are still mathematically alive. Colorado College needs just one point (tie game) to clinch a spot, facing off against Trinity and Schreiner this weekend. St. Thomas is also just one point from clinching and will face Centenary in its regular season finale. Southwestern needs to win once against either Austin College or Dallas to cement its spot in the tournament. Texas Lutheran would need to beat both Dallas and Austin College this weekend, and would also need the teams above them to lose.