Trinity’s men’s team showed why they are the number one team in the country as they outclassed Texas Lutheran at Paul McGinlay Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers cruised to the 4-0 win, continuing their perfect season.
Possession was controlled by Trinity through the opening half, but the Bulldogs were able to hold out well until the 20th minute. That was when Brent Mandelkorn opened the scoring, as Guy Harris crossed to the far post for Zac Treu. Treu was then able to volley across to Mandlekorn who headed home the opener.
After conceding that goal, the Bulldogs started to look a little rattled, which allowed Trinity to keep the pressure up. In the 25th minute they doubled their lead, with Laurence Wyke crossing for Mandlekorn, but this time Mandlekorn was the provider as he sent a header back across for Harris to head home the second.
The domination continued and in the 34th minute the Tigers were able to make it 3-0 heading in to half-time. Chris Madden was able to get a ball in to the box, which was bundled home by Ryan Hunter who made a strong run in from the wind.
After being well out played for the first half, the Bulldogs were forced to make tactical changes to try and go for the match. One of those changes included a goalkeeper substitution at half-time, bringing on Brendan Soto, and those changes seemed to solidify the TLU defense.
It was a stronger performance from TLU in the second half, but still Trinity was dominant and just after the hour mark the Tigers made it four. Austin Michaelis sent the ball for Treu, who managed his second assist of the afternoon, setting up Mandlekorn to seal his brace.
From there, the Tigers were able to make a number of substitutions, bringing in several freshmen to give them vital experience. That allowed TLU back in the match somewhat but Trinity still controlled the match in the closing stages, keeping it at 4-0 for the final score.