Another San Antonio college derby took place on Tuesday night as Our Lady of the Lake University took on Trinity at Paul McGinlay Soccer field. It was the eighth straight season opening win for the Trinity women as they claimed a tight 1-0 victory.
Five goalkeepers were used in the match as both teams took advantage of the fact that this match was a friendly. Trinity used all three of their goalkeepers, with Jane Thompson and Dana McLaughlin both recording a save while OLLU used two keepers.
The score line would suggest a tight match, but the Tigers were definitely the stronger side as they outshot the Saints 28-2. Despite that the edge in shots on target was much tighter as Trinity only lead 10-2.
With statistics like that, OLLU can be proud of their defense, as both schools will look to threaten in to their respective national championship. While Trinity got the win OLLU came out happy at having executed their plan well.
After having plenty of the attack in the early going the goal finally came in the 34th minute. Alison Carter sent in the cross which found Halleanne Dure, who scored her first goal as a Tiger, capping a good run for Trinity.
But that proved to be just a momentary blip for the OLLU defense as they continued to hold firm though the remaining ten minutes of the half. That allowed the Saints to remain in the match at half-time as the OLLU defense did a good job keeping it 1-0 at the break.
The second half saw the two trends continue as the Tigers went for the match, but they just could not break down the OLLU defense. OLLU were strong in defense and kept holding out Trinity throughout the second half.
What was especially impressive was the ability of the OLLU defense to hold out Trinity without giving away any set-pieces. With no corners or free-kicks that limited the dangerous opportunities the Tigers had, but the Saints failed to create many chances as the match ended 1-0.