San Antonio - The second-ranked Trinity men's soccer team opened its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference home weekend with an 8-0 shutout of Centenary (LA) College Friday night.
Trinity scored a pair of quick goals after less than six minutes of action, then added two more midway through the period on its way to a 4-0 halftime lead.
The Tigers got a shot off in the first minute to set the tone early, but it was at the 5:09 mark that the home team got on the board with Neil Verwillow's eventual game-winner - a goal that was assisted by Jacob Hallenberger.
Just 45 seconds later, Austin Michaelis drew a foul in the box to earn a penalty shot, and his kick from the mark put Trinity up 2-0 in the blink of an eye.
Christian Sakshaug was involved in both of the next two scores, which were scored even closer together than the first two. Kamran Moussavi scored on an assist from Sakshaug at 27:24, then Sakshaug took a pass from Daniel Ruano for a score just 43 seconds later.
Three first-year players accounted for the goals in the second half, as Trinity continued to put the pressure on Centenary throughout the game.
Josh Davis started the final scoring play by fighting his way to the end line for a cross that found Cooper Fyfe on the near post. Fyfe redirected the ball to the middle of the six-yard box, and James buried it into the net.
McCaleb Taylor had four second-half saves to preserve Trinity's shutout win, including a brilliant stop on a wide open shot by Centenary in the final seconds.
The Tigers captured their 10th consecutive game, and improved to 15-1-0 overall, and 11-1-0 in the SCAC.
Neil Verwillow's game-winner was also the first goal of his early collegiate career.
With his PK goal early in the game, Austin Michaelis has now piled up 28 goals in his career - including a team-high 12 scores this season.
Christian Sakshaug picked up his 24th career assist in tonight's game, which ties him for 12th in school history for a career.
First-year Duncan James wasn't satisfied with his first career goal in tonight's game, but also tallied his first career multi-goal game.
The Tigers host Austin (TX) College at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in an SCAC matchup.