San Antonio - The second-ranked Tiger women’s soccer team concluded its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend with a 5-0 shutout of Austin College Sunday afternoon.
Trinity won its sixth straight game, remaining undefeated at 8-0-1 overall, and 4-0-0 in conference play. The Tigers recorded a shutout for the fifth consecutive game, as well as scoring three or more goals in four of the five contests.
Head Coach Lance Key has noticed. "I'm really enjoying watching the team at this point in the season. They're obviously showing tremendous signs of growth over the last couple of weeks, in particular. I've asked a great deal of them. They have played six games over the past 12 days, and it will be seven in two weeks after our next game. That's an awful lot of soccer to be played at this stage of the season, but they're continuing to grow and manage game by game."
Yasmeen Farra lit up the board with the eventual game-winner in the fifth minute of play, as she scored her third goal of the season. Hannah Hommel and Kim Polasek shared in the assists honors. Hommel later sent a dangerous pass across the face of the goal, and Austin College's attempt to clear it resulted in an own goal to make it 2-0.
Just a few minutes later, Meredith Licata charged into the 18-yard box looking for a scoring chance, but as she released her shot, she was fouled to set the Tigers up with a penalty kick. Licata appropriately converted the penalty to give Trinity a comfortable cushion.
Chelsea Cole finished off the first-half scoring in the 43rd minute. Madee Gallagher's corner kick set up the play to Cole initially, who then found Amanda Boe, who managed to get it back to Cole for the score.
Trinity scored just once in the final 45 minutes, as Brigitte Taylor and Kathy Millar combined to finish things off. Millar sent in a long cross from the right corner, which Taylor promptly headed into the back of the net.
Janie Thompson, Dana McLaughlin, and Kalli Douma all did time guarding the Tigers net. Trinity’s taut defense permitted the Kangaroos to take only one shot in the match, which was saved by Douma.
"One thing that is apparent is the ability of this group to play the game," concluded Coach Key. "I'm really proud of this team and all the hard work they are putting in. They are being really diligent with what is being asked of them."
The defending SCAC champion Tigers will host two games next weekend, starting Friday with Texas Lutheran University at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, Trinity takes on Southwestern University at 1:00 p.m. The three teams currently occupy the top three spots in the SCAC standings.