San Antonio - The 17th-ranked Trinity's men's soccer team opened its season with a 3-1 win over #19 Rutgers (NJ) University-Newark on Friday night.
Trinity got on the board almost immediately when Brady Johnston put the Tigers on top after just 76 seconds of action. The first half ended without another score, though Trinity did pepper Rutgers-Newark with 13 total shots in the first 45 minutes.
First-year Jacob Galan made it a 2-0 Tiger lead in the 63rd minute, which became the eventual game-winner when Rutgers-Newark got on the board with a goal in the 72nd minute.
Ryan Hunter gave Trinity an insurance goal less than two minutes later, though, and the Tigers were able to remain in control.
Blake Lieberman made two of his three saves in the first half to preserve the lead, then made his final stop in the final minutes of the game.
Trinity won its season opener for the fifth consecutive season and for the eighth time in the last nine years.
Blake Lieberman earned the win with 90 minutes in net, allowing one goal against 11 total shots.
The weekend doesn't get any easier as the Tigers will play host to third-ranked University of Chicago (IL) at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.