Sherman, Texas - The eighth-ranked Tiger men’s soccer team posted its 12th shutout of the season with an 8-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Austin College on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity recorded its eighth consecutive win and clean-sheet game, and now stands at 13-2-0 overall, and 9-2-0 in SCAC play. The Tigers were 5-0 winners over the Kangaroos last month on Trinity’s field. Additionally, the team tied a season high in goals, equaling the 8-0 SCAC decision over Centenary College Friday in Shreveport, Louisiana.
"It shows an unbelivable resilient defensive effort by the whole team," marveled Head Coach Paul McGinlay. "It's not just the backs and the goalkeeper. It's really the whole team. We limited the opposition, not just to no goals, but very few chances. With that combination and 16 goals on the road, it's hard to lose. At the start of the year, I really felt the goals would be coming from different positions. That didn't happen at the off. But, now we're getting goals from defenders, our midfielders, and our forwards."
Chris Madden produced his first goal of the season, with an assist from Francisco Vasquez. Madden scored in the seventh minute of play from the upper right of the net for the eventual game-winner. Daniel Ruano scored the first of two goals in the matchup, in the 30th minute, from a free kick which bounced through the box. Laurence Wyke drove in a header a minute later, as Osvaldo Veloz supplied the assist. Forty seconds later, Ruano and Todd Edwards paired up for a goal, and the final scoring play for the first half came from the Austin Michaelis and Luc Scranton combination.
Michaelis picked up his fourth goal of the season, in the 63rd minute, and was assisted by Ruano, with his fourth assist of the campaign. Jorge Villamarin and Michaelis were the next scoring combination, and Todd Edwards wrapped it up with the help of Zac Treu.
Chad Margotta was the goalkeeper of record, and saved three shots for the Tigers. Margotta now has 57 saves in his column.
Up next for Trinity will be another SCAC road weekend, starting Friday in Seguin, Texas, as the Tigers take on Texas Lutheran University at 7:00 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. Next Sunday, the Tigers make the trek to Georgetown, Texas, to meet Southwestern University at 4:00 p.m.