San Antonio - The ninth-ranked Tiger men's soccer team opened up the 2019 season with a 2-1 overtime win over the University of Texas-Dallas on Friday night.
Despite a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks and a 5-2 edge in overall shots in the first half of play, Trinity found themselves down 1-0 after a free kick led to a UT-Dallas goal in the 22nd minute.
Both teams turned up the intensity in the second half, but the Tigers still held a 10-7 lead in shots over the final 45 minutes of regulation.
Jacob Hallenberger broke through with the equalizer in the 66th minute, curling his shot in from just outside the six-yard box to tie the game.
Trinity needed just over three minutes of overtime to secure the game-winning goal off the foot of Andrea Codispoti.
Josh Davis cut the ball back to Codispoti on the right side of goal, and Codispoti zipped his shot into the net to give the Tigers the victory.
Overall, Trinity led UT-Dallas 19-9 in total shots and 11-1 in shots on goal in the game. The Tigers also held a significant 13-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Tigers won their season-opening game for the sixth consecutive season and the ninth time in the last 10 years.
Head Coach Paul McGinlay began his 29th season at the helm and picked up his 498th career victory.
Jacob Hallenberger scored his 16th career goal.
Andrea Codispoti netted his eighth goal as a Tiger player and the third game-winner..
Trinity wraps up the weekend with a matchup against Willamette (OR) University on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.