Trinity welcomed Hendrix to Pat McGinlay field on Sunday, and it was wins for both teams as the women continued to dominate their opponents, and the men were forced to work hard to squeak past Hendrix.
For the women it was a simple 3-0 victory as they dominated the Warriors. Abby Loar broke her first record of the week as she became the Tigers leading Points scorer managing her 137th point in the match thanks to 52 goals and 33 assists, after scoring a brace in the game against the Warriors. Loar’s goals came in the 31st and 40th minute of the match, equalling the record for leading goalscorer while Kirby Peddicord scored the Tigers third goal in the 59th minute off a corner.
The win saw the Tigers with a 16-0-0 record, after 12 straight shutouts.
The men also took on Hendrix on Sunday but yet again they did not have it so easy. They got off to a great start after Andrew Soares scored the opening goal from a Darren McAfee assist in just the tenth minute.
Cameron Hogsett was proving a menace to the Hendrix defense but it was the visitors who equalized scoring the next goal, as Connor Silvestri found Duncan Keegan to make it 1-1. The visitors then stunned the crowd with a goal in the 39th minute to take the lead, as Keegan scored a brace, heading home Tresor Mukiza’s cross to make it 2-1, the half time score.
Trinity came out determined and attacked hard to open the half, but the equalizer didn’t come until the 66th minute, and only from a set-piece as Jeff Hayes headed home Yuri Ribiero’s corner to level the scores.
Trinity finally took the lead back, and again it was from a wonderful Yuri Ribiero corner, Zach Garcia nodding it home in the 73rd minute. Trinity continued to have all the possession but despite their dominance were left having to settle for a 3-2 win.
The result keeps Trinity on top of the NCAA Regional rankings, and pushes the Tigers up one spot to fourth in the NSCAA rankings, the biggest surprise of which is Messiah not holding the top position, that honor goes to the only perfect team in the division, St. Lawrence.
The women then went out of conference on Monday as they played a make-up match against NAIA side Houston-Tillotson, running out convincing winners and taking their run to 16-0-0.
It was an unenviable task for the Tigers, backing up after playing the day before, but the Tigers battled well, absolutely dominating the opening stages with seven shots in the first twenty minutes and almost all of the possession.
Abby Loar broke her second record in as many days in the 20th minute as she became Trinity’s leading goal-scorer with her 53rd goal, coming off of a Shelby Hopkins assist. Trinity continued to dominate and just seven minutes later had a second after some neat teamwork between Shelby Guenthardt, Samantha Atkins and Kelsey Falcone, Guenthardt was able to stick it in the back of the net, the goal coming after Annie Kendzior’s effort hit the post just two minutes earlier.
Trinity continued their domination and yet another seven minutes passed before Trinity made it 3-0 Mariah Risk doing well to set up Falcone for the third. Risk continued to be a key playmaker for the rest of the half as Trinity continued to attack but they couldn’t find another goal before the break.
The Tigers weren’t done yet and Tara Sparks was a handful for the rams defense at the start of the half, and she bagged herself a goal for all her hardwork in the 53rd minute after Rams keeper April Taylor worked so hard to keep the Tigers out in the opening minutes.
Stephanie Segovia was unlucky not to make it five for Trinity, as her strike cannoned off the crossbar on the hour mark, but she made up for it just nine minutes later, putting in the ball for Emily Jorgens to score Trinity’s fifth goal of the night. Just four minutes later the Segovia/Jorgens combination paid dividends again as Jorgens scored her second from a Segovia assist to make it 6-0.
Trinity still didn’t let off the gas, and if not for some solid goalkeeping from Taylor could have gone well past ten goals, as it was Segovia got a reward for all her hard work. After being denied time and again by Taylor, Segovia finally got one past the keeper, in the 83rd minute. Risk and Katy Lipscomb linked up well with Segovia and she slotted happily home scoring the final goal in a 7-0 victory.
The result keeps Trinity on top of the NCAA Regional rankings, and leaves the Tigers in third on the NSCAA national rankings, despite a better record than the two teams above them, Messiah (14-0-1) and William Smith (13-0-1).
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