San Antonio – The Tiger men's soccer team scored a late goal to avoid overtime and earn a 2-1 win over Southwestern (TX) University on Sunday afternoon.
Andrea Codispoti slotted home the game-winner in the 85th minute of action, scoring the second of his two goals on the day to lift Trinity to victory.
Trinity led 15-5 in total shots and 6-3 in shots on goal, but the Tigers spent most of the game locked in a draw with the visiting Pirates.
Codispoti opened the scoring in the fourth minute, taking a cross from Jacob Hallenberger to put Trinity in front 1-0.
Southwestern earned a corner kick that led to the equalizer in the 18th minute, and the teams remained tied until Codispoti's late score.
Michael Somerville dribbled into the box with just over five minutes left in the game, then cut back to the middle and found a waiting Codispoti just outside the 18-yard box. Codispoti used his left foot to push the ball into the far corner of the net for the game-winner.
Codispoti nearly had the go-ahead goal on a corner in the 59th minute of action, but a Southwestern defender was able to clear the ball off the line to keep the game tied at the time.
Trinity won its third consecutive game to improve to 4-2-2 on the year, while Southwestern fell to 6-2-1 with the loss.
The Tigers and Pirates battled to a 1-1 draw the last time they met, which was in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship game in Georgetown, Texas, last year. Since 1993, Trinity is 35-1-5 in the series.
Andrea Codispoti scored his first multi-goal game of the season, as well as netting his second game-winning goal of the year. It also marks the second time in his Tiger career that he scored two goals in a game. Codispoti also leads Trinity with five goals scored this season.
Jacob Hallenberger and Michael Somerville each came up with their first assists of the season. Hallenberger now has 19 career assists for the Tigers, which ties him for a spot in the top 25 in school history for a career.
The Tigers will open up SCAC play by hosting Schreiner (TX) University on Friday, October 4, at 8:00 p.m.