Pirates Lose 3-0 in NCAA 1st Round at Trinity

Pirates Lose 3-0 in NCAA 1st Round at Trinity

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Todd Edwards had a goal and an assist to lead 3rd-ranked Trinity (Texas) to a 3-0 win over visiting Whitworth in the first round of the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament on Saturday evening.

The Pirates were eliminated in the first round at Trinity University for the second year in a row and finish 2016 with a final record of 12-4-3.

The Tigers (21-1) jumped ahead when Brady Johnson headed a corner kick from Edwards past Whitworth goalkeeper Timmy Costa in the 35th minute.

The score remained 1-0 until late in the second half.  But as the Pirates were forced to send more players forward in search of an equalizer, Trinity was able to add on two more goals.  First Kellen Reid flicked on a long pass from Daylon Gordon to Ryan Hunter, who finished in the 71st minute.  Then Edwards scored his first goal of the season off of a cross from Chris Madden.

Trinity goalkeeper Todd Whittaker made four saves in the match to post the shutout.  Meanwhile Costa, who was named the Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year last week, finished with a season-high 12 saves.

The Tigers ended the game with a 15-5 advantage in shots on goal.  Moi Diaz was able to put a pair of shots on-target for the Pirates.

Trinity advanced to play the winner of a first round match between Texas-Dallas and Chapman.

Whitworth concluded the season with a third straight trip to the NCAA DIII tournament.  The Pirates fell in overtime to Redlands in a match held at Trinity in 2015.  Whitworth advanced to the round of 16 in the 2014 tournament.