Trinity (Texas) beats Wheaton (Ill.) to advance first semifinal since 2002
SAN ANTONIO -- Trinity (Texas) earned a slot in the NCAA Division III semifinals with a 2-1 victory against the Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder on Saturday evening.
Trinity (24-0-2) will play the winner of Johns Hopkins and Middlebury in the next round on Dec. 6 at San Antonio’s Toyota Field. The championships will be co-hosted by Trinity and San Antonio Sports for the fifth consecutive year.
The Tigers Kimberly Polasek broke a 1-1 deadlock with the eventual game-winning goal in the 72nd minute of play with an assist from Hannah Kuhl.
Wheaton (21-2-2) lit up the board first as Sydney Sharkey scored an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute. But Trinity’s Hannah Kuhl scored the equalizer just two minutes later as Emily Jorgens supplied the assist. It marked the 29th assist of the campaign for Jorgens, leaving her one shy of tying the NCAA single-season record.
Tiger goalkeeper Devan Osegueda recorded three saves in the game, while the Thunder keeper, Kelsey Graham, had four. The teams were close in total shots, as Trinity took 13, and Wheaton had 12. The Tigers held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Trinity began the sectional tournament with a 2-1 win on Friday against Montclair State to reach the quarterfinal. It marked the third time the Tigers had reached the final eight under head coach Lance Key.
The win will push Trinity to its first NCAA semifinal appearance under Key. Trinity will play in the NCAA semifinals for the third time in program history, after previously making it in both 2000 and '02.