SAN ANTONIO - The UT Tyler menâ€™s soccer team had its season come to an end with a 5-1 loss to No. 2-ranked Trinity in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship at the McGinlay Soccer Field on Saturday.
The Patriots (11-4-3) trailed 4-0 at halftime and didnâ€™t break through with a goal until Lucas Pereira scored in the 84th minute of play. The Tigers (21-1) extended their winning streak to 16 games and would add their fifth goal of the game three minutes later. It was only the second time in UT Tyler history that a team has scored five goals against them with the Tigers also earning a 5-1 win back on Sept. 2, 2006.
UT Tyler finished the game with four shots on goal with two from Pereira, one from Erik Macias and another from Mark Guevara. Pereira scored his 11th of the season and the 23rd of his career off an assist from Giovanni Castillo at 83:33 in the game. UT Tyler senior goalkeeper John McGuffin made seven saves for the Patriots in the game.
The Tigers jumped out to the 4-0 halftime lead with Austin Michaelis scoring the first and third goals, while Quentin Van Der Lee had the second and Kellen Reid the fourth. Trinity owned an 8-2 shots on goal advantage after 45 minutes of play with Erik Macias and Lucas Pereira putting the shots on goal for the Patriots.
Duncan James added the fifth goal for the Tigers in the 87th minute, while their goalkeeper Blake Lieberman finished with three saves.
UT Tyler is now 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament and are 5-3-1 all-time in four postseason appearances in program history. The Patriots had allowed four or more goals in a game only six times in program history with a 4-1 loss to UT Dallas on Oct. 12, 2013 being the most recent.