The Trinity men played two close matches over the weekend in Georgetown (Tex.).
They opened Friday night with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Hardin-Simmons (Abilene, Tex.), then fell Saturday in a close 2-1 match against The University of Texas-Dallas.
On Friday, Sept 5., senior forward Victor Araujo opened the scoring for the Tigers with an early goal in the 21st minute of play. Hardinâ€“Simmons then tied the game before senior midfielder Roberto Camargo scored an unassisted goal in the sixth minute of the overtime period.
â€œThe first game was a really physical gameâ€¦there were lots of long balls,â€ said Paco Vasquez, sophomore left back.
On Saturday, Sept. 7 senior forward Johnny Lawson put the Tigers on the scoreboard first with an unassisted goal in the 18th minute off a free kick. UT-Dallas scored two goals late in the second half to take the lead. The two goals proved insurmountable to the Tigers as they fell 2-1.
â€œIt was like two totally different halves. First half we played really goodâ€”we got an early goal, we had a couple of chances to score maybe two or three goals, which wouldâ€™ve killed the game,â€ Araujo said.
The win was the first in program history for the UT-Dallas men over Trinity. The men now stand at 3-1 as they begin conference play.
â€œItâ€™s good that it happened right now where we technically canâ€™t loseâ€¦so now we learn from our mistakes so it doesnâ€™t happen again,â€ Araujo said.
They played again on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Georgetown, Texas, for their opening SCAC game in which they faced off against Southwestern.
Th won the game 7-1 with five players getting on the score sheet.
The Tigers now hold an overall record of 4-1 and a SCAC record of 1-0.
After this win, the team Â jumps up to fourth place in the NSCAA Coaches poll from eight place.
The next game is today, Friday Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at home against Christopher Newport (Newport News, Va.) . They are ranked sixth in the nation with a overall record of 4-0.