Shreveport, Louisiana - The fourth-ranked Trinity men's soccer team began its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend road trip with a 4-1 victory over Centenary (LA) College on Friday night.
Trinity fell behind for just the second time this season as the Gents struck first with a goal in the eighth minute of play.
The Tigers did not wait long for the equalizer, which came in the 13th minute. Neil Verwillow began the play with a solid run down the left side of the field. A scramble in front of the goal saw Verwillow's shot saved, but Austin Michaelis found the rebound and buried it into the net to make it 1-1.
Christian Sakshaug's free kick in the 31st minute hit the post, and the stage was set for a tie game heading into the half.
In the final minute, a trio of Tiger first-years set up the go-ahead scoring play. Jack Braley and Jacob Hallenberger set it up at the top of the box, and Rodrigo Castillo netted the eventual game-winner with just 31 seconds remaining until the break.
Six of Trinity's 10 shots were on goal in the first half, and the Tigers held an overall 24-7 advantage in shots during the game. The defense was much better in the second half for Trinity, which held Centenary to just one shot in the final 45 minutes.
Even though the defense stiffened for the second period, Trinity's offense was unable to put the finishing touches on the game until the 77th minute when Hallenberger's corner kick was slotted home by Wesley Mitchell to make it a 3-1 Tiger lead.
Unsatisfied with two assists on the night, Hallenberger then capped his strong game with a goal in the 80th minute on an assist from Michaelis to ice the win.
The Tigers have now won four games in a row, and stand at 9-1-0 and 5-1-0 SCAC. The Gents dropped to 0-7-2 and 0-5-1 SCAC, but did snap Trinity's three-game shutout streak.
Rodrigo Castillo scored his first goal as a Trinity Tiger, along with his first game-winner.
Austin Michaelis leads the Tigers with seven goals in his column. Michaelis now has 23 career goals, and is one away from reaching the top-25 list.
Hallenberger is now tied for second on the team with five goals scored, and also picked up his second and third assists on the year.
Trinity continues its SCAC campaign with a 2:00 p.m. matchup with Austin College on Sunday afternoon.