Irving, Texas - The third-ranked Trinity Men's soccer team rallied in double overtime to defeat the University of Dallas 3-2 in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road game.
Much like the matchup earlier this season between the two teams, the Tigers came out strong offensively early in the game as they took their first shot at the Crusaders goal within thirty seconds of the first whistle. Trinity was able quickly capatilize on these opportunities, as Jacob Hallenberger sent a free kick sailing into the back of the net in the third minute of the game.
About four minutes later, the Crusaders responded with a goal of their own to put the score at 2-1 in favor of the Tigers. The remainder of the first half was a true defensive stand off with only one shot on goal attempt by either team in the last fifteen minutes of the half.
After halftime, the ball seemed to want to go everywhere but the back of the net for the Tigers. The Crusaders on the other hand were able to slide the tying goal past the stout Trinity defense in the 59th minute of the game.
Despited several addtional attempts from the Tigers to win it regulation, the game was forced into overtime tied at 2-2. The first ten-minute overtime period seemed to mirror the second half as neither team had many offensive opportunities, but a crucial save by Blake Lieberman at the end of the first extra period kept the Tigers in the game, as the match was sent into double overtime.
Trinity stole the ball near midfield early in the second OT period, and Christian Sakshaug dribbled towards the Crusader goal. Sakshaug beat three defenders as he reached the 18-yard box, then chipped a pass to Austin Michaelis on the back post, who scored on a free header to win the game for the Tigers.
After the win over Dallas tonight, the Tigers now sit at 11-1-0 this season and are 7-1 in conference play. The team was also able to expand their winning streak to six games with five of those wins earned on the road.
Trinity's last loss actually came in a 3-2 overtime loss at home against Dallas, meaning the two teams split the regular season series.
Blake Lieberman was able to grab a career-high of six saves tonight. He now has 35 saves this season, which moves him to 22nd in Trinity's single season record books.
Austin Michaelis scored his 11th game-winner and 25th overall goal of his collegiate career tonight, moving to 24th in the Tiger record book. He is also currently leading the team with nine goals scored this season.
Christian Sakshaug netted his 17th career goal and 21st career assist and now stands alone in 20th in school history for career assists.
First-year Jacob Hallenberger scored his seventh goal of the season and is currently second on the team in the statistical category.
Trinity will continue their road weekend on Sunday taking on Colorado College at 12:00pm MDT.