San Antonio – Trinity's men's soccer team opened up its part in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 1-0 victory over the University of Dallas (TX) on Friday afternoon.
The Tigers and Crusaders played a scoreless game for nearly 77 minutes, which was broken up by the game-winning score from Philip Duenez.
Trinity out-shot Dallas 25-8 and held a 13-2 advantage in corner kicks, but Dallas had eight saves in the game that kept the Tigers off the board for most of the day.
The Tigers had four shots on goal in the opening half, while both of the first-half attempts by Dallas were on target.
As the first period came to a close, the Dallas defense cleared a ball off the line to prevent a goal, then recorded another save in the closing minute to keep the game level.
Just after halftime, Trinity's Jack Downes hit a shot off the post that nearly broke the tie. Dallas rattled the cross bar in the 59th minute, but the score remained 0-0.
In the 77th minute, Wesley Mitchell dribbled into the box with a defender in tow, but managed to get a cross past the Dallas goalkeeper. Duenez raced into the box unmarked and buried his header into the back of the net for the goal.
Trinity allowed just one shot over the final 13 minutes of the game, and nearly made it 2-0 when Fraser Burns fired an attempt off the cross bar with less than four minutes left.
Trinity improved to 11-5-2 with the win and will advance to the SCAC Semifinals. Dallas fell to 5-11-1 on the year and is eliminated for the SCAC Tournament.
The Tigers are 19-3 overall against Dallas, which includes a 2-0 record in SCAC Tournament play. Trinity also defeated the Crusaders 4-0 in 2017.
Trinity has now won 15 consecutive tournament games, dating back to a 2011 loss in the semifinals against Centre (KY) College. This marks the first time the Tigers have won in the SCAC Quarterfinals, after having received first-round byes each of the last eight seasons.
Philip Duenez scored his sixth goal of the season, as well as his second game-winning goal. He is second among Tiger players in both categories.
Juan Carlos Vidales recorded four saves to earn his first career shutout in today's Trinity victory. Vidales has chalked up a total of 10 saves in six games played this season.
Third-seeded Trinity will face off against #2 seed Texas Lutheran University in the SCAC Semifinals on Saturday, November 9, at 1:30 p.m.