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Trinity sneak past Washington-St. Louis

Players compete for a header
Players compete for a header
courtesy Trinity University Athletics

Trinity's men's team may well have won their first two matches but it was an unimpressive win on Sunday against No. 24 Washington-St. Louis University at Paul McGinlay Field.

The Tigers are ranked fifth in the nation but after two less than inspiring wins that ranking could well fall despite the two wins.

Washington-St. Louis started the better team but they could not find the back of the net before Trinity started to get in to the match after the tenth minute.

Trinity’s domination paid off in the 14th minute as Freshman Brent Mandlekorn scored, after putting away the ball from Goncalo Santana.

That goal saw the match tighten up, before Washington-St. Louis started to get in to the match but good defense and solid goalkeeping from Matt Cardone kept them out.

Trinity could well have doubled their lead in the 28th minute as Tom Carvile was able to get a chance away but could only find the woodwork, before the rebound fell to Victor Araujo whose effort was saved by David Wang.

That missed chance seemed to spur Trinity on as they kept on pushing for another goal, but the Washington-St. Louis defense was strong enough to keep it to just 1-0 at half-time.

Just three minutes in to the second half the woodwork denied Trinity again as Johnny Lawson created space and shot but sent his effort in to the crossbar.

Washington-St. Louis had the better of the middle passage of the second half but they were not able to hit the target enough as they sent their shots over the bar too often.

Late in the half Trinity started to push back but they were unable to find a second goal as they had the similar problem as they failed to get their efforts on target. But that mattered little, as the Tigers were able to settle for a 1-0 win.