San Antonio - Trinity's 12th-ranked men's soccer team held on for an outstanding 4-2 victory over #7 University of Redlands (CA) on Sunday night.
The two nationally-ranked teams went at each other early in the game, firing off eight total shots-on-goal in the first 25-plus minutes. Trinity had six of those, but all were saved to keep the game scoreless.
The score finally changed in the 31st minute, as a Redlands defender was called for a hand ball in the box, and Christian Sakshaug converted the penalty kick to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
First-year Jacob Hallenberger didn't waste any time adding to that lead, taking a pass from Sakshaug to knock in another goal just 45 seconds later.
Redlands cut into the lead before the half, though, scoring in the 38th minute to make it just a 2-1 advantage after one period.
Both teams traded early shots-on-goal in the second half, but neither could convert until the 77th minute. That's when Redlands tied the game up with a pair of dangerous shots. The first was a header from Alexander Knox that was cleared off the line by Tiger defender Kellen Reid, but the ball fell right back to Knox again, and this time, he found the net.
Trinity's answer came quickly, though, as Hallenberger scored his second goal of the game less than three minutes later. He took a pass from fellow first-year Wesley Mitchell, and promptly buried the eventual game-winner.
The Tigers now stands at 2-0-0 this season, while Redlands falls to 0-2-0.
The win extended Trinity's NCAA record streak of consecutive home victories to 46 games, which dates back to the 2013 season. The Tigers are the record-holder for all divisions of the NCAA.
Tonight's game was a rematch of the 2015 NCAA Second Round Playoff game, which was a 1-0 Trinity victory here in San Antonio.
Christian Sakshaug scored his second goal of the season in tonight's game, both of which have come on penalty kicks. He is also now just one assist shy of becoming the 23rd player in school history to record 20 or more in a career.
Austin Michaelis chalked up his second assist in as many games.
The Tigers travel to Abilene, Texas, next weekend, for two games. First up is a Friday pairing with Hardin-Simmons (TX) University, followed by a Saturday matchup with the University of Texas-Dallas.