Kerrville, Texas - The second-ranked Tiger women's soccer team defeated Southwestern (TX) University 2-1 to secure the 2016 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity got off to a fast start in today's game, scoring twice in just over eight minutes to take the early 2-0 advantage.
Colleen Markey got free on the left side, cut back to beat a Southwestern defender, then fired a shot into the back of the net to put the Tigers on the board less than six minutes into the game.
Markey then assisted on the next score at 8:04, passing back to Chelsea Cole at the top of the box for the goal, and the Tigers held a 2-0 lead.
Southwestern got on the board shortly after halftime to put the game in reach, but that proved to be the only shot of the day allowed by Trinity's defense.
Trinity improved to 20-0-0 this season with today's win, which secures the eighth straight conference title for the program. The Tigers have won 21 SCAC Championships overall.
With the win, Trinity receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. It will be the 22nd overall appearance in the postseason for the Tigers.
The Tigers have reached the SCAC Championship game in each of the eight conference tournaments in SCAC history. Today's 2-1 championship game was the closest SCAC Tournament final since Trinity earned a 1-0 win over Dallas in 2012.
Colleen Markey scored her seventh goal of the season, as well as providing her sixth assist.
Markey was named the SCAC Tournament Offensive MVP, while Julia Kelly was the SCAC Tournament Defensive MVP.
Chelsea Cole knocked in her sixth goal this year, and her second game-winning goal.
Trinity will await the NCAA Playoff announcement to determine its next game. The NCAA.com Selection Show for Division III women's soccer is set for 12:30 CT on Monday, November 7.