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Texas Lutheran Athletics | October 24, 2016

Texas Lutheran upsets No. 1 Trinity

  Texas Lutheran turned in a gritty performance to upset Trinity.

SEGUIN, Texas - Texas Lutheran University pulled off a 3-2 upset of No. 1-ranked Trinity University, securing the Bulldogs' first-ever upset of a top-ranked team in the NCAA DIII history of TLU Men's Soccer.

Led by freshman forward Cameron Townes' two goals, including the game-winner in the 74th minute, the Bulldogs withstood 31 total shots and 11 shots on goal from the Tigers.

Townes took Victor Manzaba's free kick and headed it past the Trinity keeper for the match-winner at the 73:23 mark.

Freshman keeper Victor Rodriguez came up with eight saves for the Bulldogs and kept the Tigers scoreless for the frantic final 16:37.

Already assured a spot in the upcoming Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, TLU won for the third consecutive match and improved to 6-11 overall and to 6-7 in the SCAC.

Trinity dropped to 16-1 overall and to 12-1 in the SCAC.

Townes put the Bulldogs up 1-0 in the first minute with a long assist from keeper Rodriguez.

Miguel Candelario gave TLU a quick 2-0 lead with a header in the fourth minute. David Ching crossed the ball from left to right, and Candelario rose up on the right half of the net to send it home.

Kellen Reid and Austin Michaelis scored for the Tigers in the 32nd and 43rd minutes, respectively, to send the game to the half at 2-2.

TLU finished with seven total shots, including five shots on goal.