San Antonio - The Trinity men's soccer team has been ranked ninth in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Preseason Poll.
Led by 29th-year Head Coach Paul McGinlay, the Tigers open the 2019 campaign by hosting the University of Texas-Dallas on August 30. Trinity completes the Labor Day Weekend with a home game September 1 with Willamette (OR) University.
Last season, the Tigers won their seventh consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship, defeating Southwestern (TX) University in penalty kicks. Trinity advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship for the 17th time in a row and the 22nd overall.
The Tigers defeated Chapman (CA) University and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) in the opening rounds of the NCAA postseason event held on Trinity's field. The team headed to Chicago, Illinois, for its sixth Round of 16 appearance in seven seasons. The host University of Chicago (IL) ended Trinity's season in the third round.
Trinity completed the 2018 season with a 17-2-3 overall record and an 11-0-1 mark in the SCAC. United Soccer Coaches ranked Trinity ninth in its final DIII poll.
Coach McGinlay and his assistant coaches were elected the NCAA Division III West Region Staff of the Year by United Soccer Coaches.
A number of talented players return for the 2019 season, including senior Brady Johnston. The Tiger midfielder was elected to the United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team and the D3soccer.com All-America Second Team. Johnston was also tabbed as the SCAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year and the SCAC Tournament Offensive MVP.
Johnston scored nine goals and chalked up four assists in the season, as well as accounting for three game-winners. He also led Trinity's defense, which allowed just .77 goals per game.
Junior Quentin Van Der Lee was elected to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third Team. The Tiger midfielder registered four goals and sent out six assists. He also was a key player on Trinity's stringent defense, which shut out opponents 10 times during the season.
Johnson and Van Der Lee also were selected for the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team. Junior midfielder Andrea Codispoti was an All-West Region Third Team honoree. In his first season as a Trinity Tiger, Codispoti scored eight goals and five assists.
Coach McGinlay has amassed a record of 497-78-29 (.847) over the past 28 seasons. He is ranked second in winning percentage among all-time NCAA Division III coaches and third in the category of active Division III coaches, as well as holding a third-place ranking by victories of DIII coaches. Coach McGinlay holds a fifth-place ranking in winning percentage of coaches in all of the NCAA Divisions.
Coach McGinlay guided the Tigers to the 2003 NCAA Division III National Championship, as Trinity finished the season with a perfect 24-0-0 record. It marked the first NCAA Soccer Championship - for any division - in the state of Texas.