San Antonio - The second-ranked Trinity men's soccer team claimed the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 2-0 shutout victory of Austin (TX) College Sunday afternoon.
Trinity was on the attack early in the game with a pair of shots on goal in the first seven minutes, but Austin goalkeeper Joseph Khalaf made the first two of his 14 total saves to keep the game scoreless early.
Christian Sakshaug found space for a shot in the 12th minute of action, but his attempt clanged off the left post. Quentin Van Der Lee was in place for the rebound goal, though, burying the eventual game-winner into the back of the net.
That would be the only score of the first half for the Tigers, despite a 15-1 advantage in shots taken over the first 45 minutes.
Austin was able to get more opportunities in the second half, but Trinity still led 12-7 in second-half shooting.
Blake Lieberman made a pair of second-half saves to keep the shutout intact, including one with less than 15 minutes remaining.
Along with securing the conference regular-season championship, the Tigers are assured of being the top seeds at the SCAC Tournament November 3-5 in Irving, Texas.
Trinity has won the SCAC crown for five consecutive years.
The Tigers won their 11th consecutive game, and improved to 16-1-0 and 12-1-0 SCAC.
The opening goal by first-year player Quentin Van Der Lee was the fourth of his collegiate career, and the second game-winner.
Christian Sakshaug posted his seventh assist of the season, and the 25th of his career. Sakshaug is now tied for 11th place in Trinity's record books.
Brent Mandelkorn scored his first goal of the campaign, marking the 15th Trinity player to score at least one goal this season.
Jacob Hallenberger supplied his sixth assist of the season, which is just one short of Sakshaug for the team lead.
Trinity concludes its regular-season home schedule next Friday, by hosting the University of California-Santa Cruz at 7:00 p.m. The Tiger seniors will be honored prior to the game.