The Trinity womenâ€™s soccer team kept their winning streak going with two victories this past weekend, both at home. On Friday evening the Tiger women played University of Texas-Tyler for a 2-0 win. This was Texas-Tylerâ€™s first loss of the season, which leaves the Tigers ranked first in the Western Region and the Patriots fifth.
The first goal of Friday nightâ€™s game was scored by Kelsey Falcone, with 25 seconds left in the opening half. This was Falconeâ€™s first goal of the season. In the second half, junior team captain Emily Jorgens scored the second and final goal of the night with 20 seconds left on the clock. Jorgens led the team with seven shots that night, six of which were on the goal.
â€œFriday night we came out really well,â€ Jorgens said. â€œWe started out the game very strongly and we were able to connect and find each other, putting a lot of pressure on the other team early on.â€
The team felt confident after the Friday night game, which carried over to their match on Sunday afternoon against University of Texas-Dallas, where the Tigers won 4-0.
During the first half, senior Mariah Risk scored the only goal in the opening period. This was followed by two goals within four minutes of each other in the second half. Senior Michelle Lanier scored a penalty shot in the 55th minute. Hannah Hommel scored shortly after, assisted by Jorgens, who later scored the final goal of the match. Jorgens is leading the team with five goals so far this season.
Three substitutions were also made in the goalkeeper position; Devan Osegueda blocked for 62 minutes, followed by first-year goalie Janie Thompson and junior goalie Lauren Goldberg.
â€œThe high point of Sunday afternoon was being able to not concede a goal for the third straight game. Our goalkeepers did a great job of keeping that aspect of our game progressing,â€ said assistant coach Owen Collie.
Despite consistency from the goalkeepers and coming out victorious, the team still felt there was much to improve upon after their Sunday night performance.
â€œOur game against UT-Dallas was a learning experience. We knew we werenâ€™t playing to our potential,â€ said senior midfielder Tara Sparks. â€œBoth games this past weekend have shown us the things that we did well and need to continue to do, as well as the things that we donâ€™t want to see happen again. The good thing is that our team will use this as motivation to be better, and I think that we are all prepared to make it a highly competitive week of training.â€
The Tiger women begin defending the SCAC Championship today at home against Texas Lutheran University at 6 p.m., which will also be followed by a noon tilt on Sunday, Sept. 22, against Schreiner University at home.