San Antonio - The 12th-ranked Trinity men's soccer team scored two second-half goals to claim a season-opening 2-0 victory over the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) Friday night.
Despite a 13-5 edge in shots for Trinity, the two teams were locked in a scoreless tie at halftime. That also included UMHB playing a man down for much of the half after receiving a red card in the 13th minute.
Christian Sakshaug put the finishing touches on the contest by converting his 74th-minute penalty kick to make it a 2-0 Tiger lead.
The Tiger defense held the Crusaders to just nine total shots and yielded just two corner kicks for the full 90 minutes.
The shutout victory marks a milestone in Tiger men's soccer history, as the team has won more consecutive home games than any team in NCAA Division III history. Trinity came into the season tied for the all-time mark, per the NCAA record books.
Senior defender Daylon Gordon registered the first game-winning goal of his career.
Goalkeeper Blake Lieberman notched his first career solo shutout in the win, recording one save to preserve the clean sheet.
Trinity has won its opening game six times in the past seven seasons, as well as holding a 21-5-1 in season-opening contests under Head Coach Paul McGinlay.
The Tigers host the seventh-ranked University of Redlands (CA) at 7:00 p.m. Sunday.