Denver, Colorado – The Tiger men's soccer team opened up a weekend of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action in Colorado with a 5-1 victory over Johnson & Wales (CO) University on Friday night.
Trinity fell behind early as Johnson & Wales converted the game's first shot into a goal that put the Wildcats up 1-0 in the fourth minute of play.
The Tiger offense struggled to get free for much of the first half, collecting just three shots in the first 30 minutes of play.
Wesley Mitchell had a chance to tie the game, but Trinity's third shot of the game hit the crossbar, and the Tigers remained scoreless.
Just over four minutes later, Jack Downes had the first on-target shot of the night that was saved by Johnson & Wales. The rebound came to Philip Duenez, who turned it around for the game-tying goal in the 35th minute.
The game remained tied at the half, with the goal for Johnson & Wales being the only shot they attempted in the first period.
Less than three minutes into the second half, Andrea Codispoti began a scoring spree that effectively sealed the Tiger win. He scored his first of three consecutive goals at 47:55, then ended his hat trick just short of 10 minutes later to give Trinity a 4-1 lead.
Duenez narrowly missed scoring his second of the night as his attempt in the 56th minute hit the post.
The Tigers upped their season record to 9-3-2 with their fourth straight victory, as well as moving to 5-1-0 in SCAC play.
Andrea Codispoti notched his first career hat trick with the Tigers, scoring all three goals in a span of just under 10 minutes early in the second half of play.
Codispoti leads Trinity with eight goals scored this year, including a team-leading three game-winning goals.
Tonight marks the second hat trick of the season for the Tigers, which also enjoyed a three-goal game from Philip Duenez three weeks ago against Schreiner. This is also the first time Trinity has had two players with a hat trick in the same season since 2014.
Philip Duenez scored the equalizer in the 35th minute of action, recording his fifth goal of the season to remain in second place among Tiger scorers.
Goalkeeper Blake Lieberman also had his first career assist on the game's final goal, as well as getting a save in his 90 minutes in net.
Trinity will take on Colorado College in a battle for the top spot in the SCAC standings on Sunday, October 27, at 1:00 p.m. (MT).