Shreveport, Louisiana - The 11th-ranked Trinity women's soccer team captured the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship with a 1-0 win over Texas Lutheran University on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity out-shot Texas Lutheran 13-1 in the first 45 minutes, but was unable to break through in a scoreless first half.
The Tigers began with a flurry of four shots and two corner kicks in the first nine minutes of action, but TLU escaped unscathed to keep Trinity off the board.
Texas Lutheran's only shot attempt of the game came in the 32nd minute of play, but it was blocked by the Tiger defense.
After halftime, Trinity continued to control most of the action, but struggled to put the finishing touches on their offensive chances.
The Tigers had just three shots in the first 20-plus minutes of the final period, but the defense continued to hold the Bulldogs at bay to keep the game even.
Tierney Thomison finally found a crease in the 73rd minute, but her shot was saved. Meredith Licata was there for the rebound, though, and banged it into the back of the net to finally put the Tigers on the board.
Texas Lutheran's only corner kick of the game came with less than six minutes to play, but Trinity's defense was up to the challenge once again. The Tigers cleared the chance away from the defensive third without allowing a shot.
Its 18th consecutive victory was also the 10th straight shutout for Trinity, which improved to 18-1-0 this season.
The Tigers won the SCAC Championship for the ninth straight season, as well as the 22nd overall conference title for the Trinity women's soccer program.
The win also secures the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs, which marks the ninth straight – and 23rd overall – entry into the national tournament.
After scoring her third game-winner and ninth overall goal of the season, Meredith Licata was named the SCAC Tournament MVP. Licata scored her 26th career goal in today's game, and she made her way into the top 25 in school history with two goals this weekend.
Kristen Canepa was tabbed as the SCAC Tournament Defensive MVP after leading the Tiger defense to a pair of shutout victories this weekend. Trinity allowed just four shots over the two contests.
The Tigers will await the NCAA Playoffs announcement to determine their next game, which will be made on Monday, November 6.