San Antonio - Trinity's second-ranked men's soccer team completed its 2017 home schedule with a 2-0 win over the University of California-Santa Cruz on Friday night.
Trinity enjoyed most of the possession in a scoreless first half, but the Santa Cruz defense limited the Tigers to just five total shots in the period. The Trinity defense was even better in not allowing the visitors a single shot in the first 45 minutes of action.
The best chances of the first half came in the final 15 minutes. Cooper Fyfe's shot from inside the box was blocked, and shortly after, an attempt by Austin Michaelis from 20-plus yards out was saved.
The teams were able to get more offense going in the second half, combining for 12 total shots, but the Tigers still maintained possession for the majority of the game.
Santa Cruz made a strong counterrattack to bring Tiger goalkeeper Blake Lieberman out of the box, but he wasn't able to stop the ball. The rest of the Trinity defense was up to the challenge, though, protecting the empty net and the slim lead.
Less than 10 minutes after the first, Trinity found an insurance goal to put the game away. Brady Johnston slipped a through ball into the box, and Sakshaug found his way in for a score.
Trinity's defense limited Santa Cruz to just three total shots in the game, including only one shot on goal to earn the shutout.
Trinity celebrated Senior Night on its final home game of the regular season, and the Tigers improved to 17-1-0 on the year. The seven Tiger seniors were honored before the game.
Christian Sakshaug leads Trinity with eight assists this season and is second among Tiger players with eight goals. Sakshaug moves into the top 10 in Trinity men's soccer history in career assists, picking up his 26th in tonight's win.
First-year Rodrigo Castillo scored the third goal of his young career, and all three scores have been game-winners.
Blake Lieberman recorded his ninth shutout of the season and tallied his 50th save of the year. His nine shutouts are tied for the fourth-most in school history for a single season.
The Tigers will conclude the regular season with a Sunday afternoon Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference match against Schreiner (TX) University, beginning at 1:00 p.m.