#5 Men's Soccer Beats Texas Lutheran to Reach SCAC Title Game

#5 Men's Soccer Beats Texas Lutheran to Reach SCAC Title Game

Georgetown, Texas - The fifth-ranked Tiger men's soccer team earned a 2-1 overtime win over Texas Lutheran at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday, advancing to tomorrow's conference final.



Top-seeded Trinity struck first with a goal in the fourth minute with Quentin Van Der Lee assisting on a Jacob Hallenberger goal that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

That lead was short-lived though, as #4 seed Texas Lutheran equalized in the 16th minute. 

All four of Trinity's first-half shots were on goal, but the Tigers were still locked in a tie at halftime.

Following the first 45 minutes of action, Trinity's defense stiffened and allowed just two shots the rest of the game. The Tigers held a 15-5 overall advantage in shots taken with 10 of those shots being on goal.

Hallenberger had a shot on goal saved in the 68th minute, then Fraser Burns had an on-target attempt stopped with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. The only shot of the half for the Bulldogs came early in the period, but it missed wide left.

In overtime, Texas Lutheran took the first attempt after just 18 seconds of action, but the shot was blocked.

The Tiger offense was relentless in the overtime period, firing off five total shots and four shots on goal. Burns was initially denied a potential game-winner in the 93rd minute, as the TLU defense cleared his shot off the line.

Van Der Lee had his attempt saved a little over a minute later, then Brady Johnston's attempt went wide left in the 97th minute of action.

Burns had another shot on goal saved with just under three minutes remaining, then Andrea Codispoti found Burns for the game-winner less than a minute later, and the Tigers pulled off the win with less than two minutes left in the overtime period.



Trinity improves its record to 15-1-2 with the victory, while Texas Lutheran is eliminated from the tournament and finishes the year with an 11-8-0 overall record.

The game marks the second time this season that the Tigers have earned a 2-1 overtime win over the Bulldogs with the last coming at Trinity on October 10.

Trinity reaches the SCAC Championship game for the seventh consecutive season, having last lost in the tournament in 2011. The Tigers are now 15-2-1 all-time in the conference tournament, which includes 13 consecutive victories.

Jacob Hallenberger is now tied for fourth on the team with his sixth goal of the season, and he is tied for second among Tiger players with 21 total points.

Fraser Burns netted his fourth goal of the season, though today marked his first game-winner for the Trinity first-year player.

Andrea Codispoti supplied his fifth assist this season, which also ties him with Hallenberger with 21 points on the year.



Trinity will take on the winner of #2 seed Colorado College and #3 seed Southwestern (TX) University in the SCAC Championship on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.