Trinity men’s soccer played five games in the past two weeks, defeating all five opponents. The team is on an eleven-game winning streak and is now 13-2-1 overall and 10-1-0 in conference games.
Over fall break, the Tigers traveled to Centenary College in Shreveport, La., and Austin College, shutting out both teams and recording their tenth shutout win of the season. Trinity defeated Centenary 9-0 and defeated Austin College 3-0.
Junior forward Johnny Lawson scored a hat trick in the game, scoring the game winner in the fourth minute of the game. Lawson’s weekend performance earned him SCAC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row. The Tigers were extremely prolific in the first half, scoring seven out of their nine goals.
“We did really well in the first half because we came out strong and finished the game in the first half. We scored seven goals in the first 45 minutes, which is really impressive and something that we have been working on throughout the semester,” said senior Yuri Ribeiro.
Against Austin College, Lawson scored the first goal of the second half, recording his 11th goal of the season. He has now scored in the past six games against D-III opponents. Sophomore midfielder Brad Carabajal scored the final goal of the game on a combined assist from Brian Hines and Victor Araujo. Junior goalkeeper Matt Cardone recorded three saves in the game.
“The teams we played last weekend weren’t the hardest teams, but we managed to dominate each game, which was good because we didn’t relax. We kept them under the pump basically the whole game,” said first-year midfielder Todd Edwards.
Last Tuesday, the Tigers played against newly instated Division I team University of Incarnate Word. The Tigers started slow, but ultimately came together and took home a 2-1 victory. Incarnate Word’s Victor Pinal scored first in the 17th minute of the first half. It wasn’t until the 70th minute that Hines evened the score with an assist from Edwards. 15 minutes later, Araujo scored the game winner, recording his seventh goal of the season. Cardone recorded five great saves in the game.
“Going into the game, we knew it was going to be a hard game playing D-I opposition. Players are usually on scholarship to the school and there with a main purpose to play soccer, so we knew they were going to be talented and one of our hardest games of the year so far,” said sophomore midfielder Murray Fraser.
Trinity recorded their seventh shutout win against the University of Dallas Crusaders, defeating them 6-0 Friday evening. Araujo scored in the first six minutes of the game, scoring the only goal of the first half. On Sunday, the Tigers defeated Colorado College 4-0. The Tigers had a slow start, but came together to pull out a win. Lawson scored in the 33rd minute, scoring the only goal of the first half.
“It’s definitely encouraging for the guys as players, knowing that their best soccer is ahead of them as we approach the postseason,” said assistant coach Chesley Farmer.
Trinity plays Texas Lutheran University at 1 p.m. today at TLU and plays Schreiner at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Kerrville, Texas.