EVERETT, WA — (submission to goalWA.net) The Trinity Lutheran College (Trinity) Eagles (NAIA) showed great poise and promise against a tough, undefeated, Linfield College (Linfield) Wildcat Opponent on Wednesday, September 9th at Frank Goddard Stadium in Everett.
In front of an historically large and electric crowd, Trinity stunned and dazed Their NCAA Division 3 opponent in the first half as the Wildcats struggled to contain Trinity’s top scoring threats of Carlos Magana, Tulio Melo and Bryant Maxey.
“We look to control the ball as much as we can up top on the offensive end. Having both Tulio [Melo] and I gives us more opportunity to score and it puts pressure of the defense.” said Magana.
In the 30th Minute, Linfield’s Dylan Leathers scored the match’s first goal off a deflected ball in the box. Trinity answered with a goal of their own from Melo in the 35th and then in the 40th the Eagles scored the go ahead goal from Maxey after dispossessing a Linfield defender in the box.
Trinity led 2-1 over the Wildcats going into halftime. Until this match, Linfield had not trailed at half time this season in their three matches.
In the second half, Trinity continued their offensive attack on the Linfield net. Giancarlo Soprano created several chances on goal with precisely placed free kicks.
In the 70th minute, Linfield’s Alexander Gosselin would tie the match with a goal off of a deflection and Mosis Diaz scored again in the 75th minute to give Linfield the lead, which they held onto for the win.
“This was definitely our best game that we put together. We put a great team [Lindfield] on their toes and had their backs against the wall.” said Maxey. “We put all we had into the game but just came up short. I know looking forward, we will only get better, and I’m excited to see how this young team develops.”
If you missed any of the action, or want to relive the drama, you can re-watch the match courtesy of the Snohomish Times Sports Network by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMTBoar2SSM
Trinity’s next match is September 16, in Newberg, Oregon against George Fox University. For more information on Trinity Soccer log on to: https://www.tlc.edu/menssoccer/index.html.