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TYLER, Texas -- Texas Tyler extended its season into the second round of the NCAA tournament after defeating Oglethorpe 3-0 in first-round action Thursday night at Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex.

Jesus Morteo and Chris Powell scored first-half goals to lead the Patriots (16-2-2) to an opening-round victory. Victor Almendariz added an insurance goal for Texas Tyler in the 89th minute.

The Patriots advance to the second round of the tournament where they will face Trinity (Texas) in San Antonio on Sunday.

Oglethorpe, which made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament after winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, finished the season with a record of 17-4.

Texas Tyler goalkeeper Sergio Gardea made four saves en route to his 11th shutout of the season.

Though the Stormy Petrels controlled the time of possession in the first half, it was the Patriots who were able to create scoring chances for themselves. Texas Tyler claimed a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when a save by Oglethorpe goalie Frank Petersen rebounded to Jesus Morteo, who placed a hard shot into the net from eight yards out.

Chris Powell -- who set up the first goal with the initial shot that was deflected by Petersen -- gave the Patriots breathing room and took the wind out of Oglethorpe's sails with a 22-yard strike seconds from halftime.

With a comfortable lead, the Patriots were able to control the pace of the game during the second half and kept Oglethorpe from gaining any momentum on offense.

Almendariz added the exclamation point late in the second half when the Patriots broke free for a three-on-one chance and scored an easy goal off a pass from Elijah Shipman.

The Patriots return to action Sunday when they travel to San Antonio to face Trinity, which received a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament.