Raquel Morris scored the match-winning goal in TLU’s 1-0 SCAC semifinal victory over Schreiner on Saturday.
TLU women give No. 11 Trinity all it can handle in SCAC Championship final
(Shreveport, La.) – Texas Lutheran went toe-to-toe Sunday with 11th-ranked Trinity in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship final before falling 1-0 to the Tigers at Centenary College's Mayo Field.
After a scoreless 72 minutes of action, Trinity's Meredith Licata netted the match-winner at the 72:40 mark.
Licata knocked home the shot after teammate Tierney Thomison's shot was saved by the Bulldogs' Mikaela Gilbert, who made the initial save on the right post. The rebound came to the front of the goal, where Licata cleaned up the loose ball.
Trinity advances to the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship. The SCAC champions receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA post-season.
Trinity improved to 18-1 overall. TLU's year is finished with an overall record of 8-9-2.
In their fifth season as a member of the SCAC, TLU finished as the conference runner-up for the third time. The Bulldogs also finished as the runner-up to Trinity in 2014 and 2015.
TLU keepers Stephanie Barrientos and Gilbert combined for 10 saves against the Tigers.
Trinity's defense allowed just one TLU shot. The Tigers led 22-1 in total shots and 11-0 in shots on goal.
The Bulldogs, featuring 15 first-year players and six sophomores, improved each time they faced the Tigers in 2017. In the first meeting, back on Sept. 22 in Seguin, Trinity defeated the Bulldogs 13-0. In the second matchup, in San Antonio on Oct. 13, the Tigers notched a 5-0 victory.
TLU will graduate just one player - senior midfielder Selena Wicklund - and could return as many as 25 players for the 2018 season.
The Bulldogs went 2-1 in the SCAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. TLU opened the tournament Friday with 3-0 win over Austin College, the No. 6 seed. TLU then upset No. 2 seed Schreiner 1-0 on Saturday. Schreiner had a 2-1 win and a 1-0 victory over TLU during the regular season.
TLU men’s season ends in penalty kicks on SCAC Championship quarterfinal
(Irving) – Texas Lutheran Men's Soccer had its 2017 season come to a close Friday when the team tied Austin College 0-0 but failed to advance in the conference tournament after being edged 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout.
At the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at the University of Dallas, the Bulldogs and Kangaroos played 110 minutes - 90 minutes of regulation plus two 10-minute overtimes - without either squad finding the back of the net.
TLU ends its season with an overall record of 5-10-4. Austin College is now 8-6-5.
On Dallas' Crusader Field, TLU put 14 shots on goal in regulation and two overtimes combined. Austin College had 12 shots on goal. Kangaroos keeper Joseph Khalaf stopped all 14 shots, and TLU keeper Brendan Soto saved all 12 Austin College shots on goal.
Overall, TLU finished with 26 total shots. Austin College had 27. Edgar Molina led TLU with seven shots total and five shots on goal.
The Bulldogs had several good scoring chances, including a great chance in the closing seconds of the first overtime. A TLU shot hit the crossbar but stayed out of the Austin goal.
In the penalty shootout, TLU missed its first shot but evened the shootout when Soto stopped the third AC offering. Through five rounds of the shootout, the penalty kick tally stood at 4-4.
In the first extra shootout round, the sixth round, TLU missed on a shot wide right. With a chance to win and send his team to the SCAC semifinal round, Chris Abad-Jacobi knocked home the penalty kick.