San Antonio - In a matchup between the top two teams in the conference standings, the sixth-ranked Trinity men's soccer team earned a 3-0 shutout win over the University of Dallas (TX) on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers hammered out 13 shots in the first half of play, but it wasn't until the last one of the half that Trinity was able to change the scoreboard.
Following a Dallas foul just beyond midfield, Diego Gonzalez lofted the free kick into the box and Brady Johnston headed it home for the eventual game-winner - scoring with just 39 seconds left before halftime.
Dallas had the first clean shot of the game in the third minute, but the shot sailed beyond the outstretched arms of Trinity goalkeeper Blake Lieberman. Lieberman made two saves in each period to keep the Crusaders from scoring.
After the break, the Tigers needed less than 90 seconds to add to the score for a 2-0 lead. Andrea Codispoti had a shot blocked in the box, which was eventually picked up by Jacob Hallenberger. He lofted it to the back post and Roman Cano slammed it into the back of the net.
Codispoti later finished off the scoring on an assist from Austin Michaelis in the 68th minute.
Overall, Trinity held a 23-10 advantage in total shots and an 8-4 lead in shots on goal.
Trinity improved to a 12-1-1 and 10-1-0 in the SCAC, while Dallas dropped to 7-4-0 and 6-3-0 in conference play.
The Crusaders beat the Tigers 2-1 on September 30 in Irving, Texas, for Trinity's only loss of the season to date.
Brady Johnston scored his sixth goal of the campaign and the first game-winner.
Jacob Hallenberger leads the team with six assists to his credit.
Blake Lieberman brought his season total to 36 saves after registering four stops in 70 minutes of action. McCaleb Taylor played in the final 20 minutes and preserved Trinity's seventh clean-sheet game of the year.
The Tigers travel to Seguin, Texas, to take on Texas Lutheran University in another SCAC game at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.