San Antonio - The second-ranked Trinity men's soccer team battled back after allowing an early goal to earn a 4-1 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Texas Lutheran University on Friday.
Texas Lutheran struck first to shock the home crowd on Friday night, taking advantage of a free kick from just outside the Trinity 18-yard box in the fifth minute of action.
The Tigers finally drew even in the 29th minute, starting with Christian Sakshaug finding Jacob Hallenberger from the edge of the box. Hallenberger chipped his cross just over a TLU defender, and Austin Michaelis bested the keeper in a one-on-one matchup.
Rodrigo Castillo gave Trinity the lead before halftime, scoring an unassisted goal in the 35th minute. Castillo got off a strong shot from nearly the same spot as the Michaelis goal, but Castillo's effort went off the post initially. The first-year was quick to follow the shot, though, and found an easy rebound goal for the eventual game-winner.
The second half scoring started quickly for Trinity, as Michaelis smashed his second goal of the game. Texas Lutheran initially got in the way of the intended pass for Michaelis, but the loose ball was immediately gathered up by Michaelis for the score to make it 3-1 Tigers.
The final score of the night came on a stellar free kick off the foot of Sakshaug, with Brady Johnston's header was buried in the back of the net in the 58th minute of play.
Trinity won its eighth consecutive game, and now stands at 13-1-0 overall, and 9-1-0 in the SCAC. Texas Lutheran dropped to 4-8-2 and 3-6-1 SCAC.
The two-goal performance by Austin Michaelis marks his third multi-goal game of the season. Michaelis leads the team with 11 goals, and now has 27 in his career to tie for 19th place in Trinity's record books.
Christian Sakshaug's two assists tonight put him in a tie for the lead with five, as well as moving him into a tie for 14th in school history with 23 helpers in his career.
First-year Rodrigo Castillo's game-winner was the second of his early career.
Blake Lieberman's two saves at the goalkeeper position increased his season total to 42.
The Tigers conclude their home SCAC weekend by hosting Southwestern (TX) University on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.