The Trinity menâ€™s soccer team extended their winning streak to seven games this past weekend, defeating both Southwestern University and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
â€œThis was definitely our best weekend of the season so far,â€ said assistant coach Tom Cartee. We played fantastic in the Southwestern game on Saturday and the first half of Mary Hardin-Baylor was really great too. The second half started to show a little fatigue, having two hard fought games on back to back nights. I think the guys really had the most fun theyâ€™ve had, and weâ€™re really encouraged with the progress they showed.â€
On Saturday night Trinity traveled to Georgetown, where they beat Southwestern 2-0.
Junior midfielder Darren McAfee scored the Tigerâ€™s first goal in the 34th minute, on an assist from senior midfielder Nima Naderi. First-year defender Tom Carwile scored Trinityâ€™s second goal in the 59th minute, assisted by McAfee. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Cardone contributed with three saves.
â€œOur defense played really well. We didnâ€™t give much away, but the best part was our offense creating chances and the effort everyone put in,â€ Carwile said. â€œOur offense really improved that game.â€
Overall, Trinity recorded 22 shots on offense, while allowing Southwestern only six shots.
Trinity also dominated Sunday night, defeating Mary Hardin-Baylor 3-0 at home in their eighth shutout victory this season.
Sophomore forward Johnny Lawson scored the first goal in the 36th minute, assisted by junior midfielder Jeff Â Hayes and senior defender Michael Micheletti, which was quickly followed by a goal from Carwile one minute later, on an assist from sophomore midfielder Victor Araujo.
â€œWe were all over them in the first half,â€ Cartee said. â€œIt took awhile for the breakthrough to come, but I think we wore them down playing at a high tempo. I think that was the result of our having been putting them under so much pressure constantly throughout the whole half.â€
Junior forward Brian Hines scored the final goal in the 76th minute, securing the win for the Tigers and making them 12-0-1 overall and 7-0-0 in conference play. Cardone recorded five saves in the game against Hardin-Baylor, marking 655 minutes without allowing a goal for Trinity.
â€œOur defense so far this season has been solid, but we have struggled with our offense,â€ McAfee said in an email. â€œThis weekend however we were a lot more productive going forward. Our movement in the attacking third was much better and our efficiency in front of goal also improved.â€
The Tigers return home this weekend for Friends and Family Weekend to host Austin College on Friday and Centenary College on Sunday.
â€œThe team has been steadily improving as the season has gone on,â€ McAfee said. â€œWe are starting to figure out our attacking, and our defense continues to do well. I feel like we haven’t peaked yet this season. We still aren’t firing on all cylinders yet, but I’m certain that the best from us is still to come.â€