RECAP: @Patriot_msoccer advances to ASC finals
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Texas Dallas (11-6-2)
Texas-Tyler (11-2-3)
11/4/2017 | Belton, Texas | Attendance: 105
Texas Dallas000
UTTM39:47Akon N'Guetta (Steven Soriano )
UTDJohn Nicknish90:0011
UTTMGiancarlo Ayanegui56:4903
UTTMJohn McGuffin33:1100
Stats at a GlanceUTDUTTM
Shots (on Goal)4 (3)7 (2)
Corner Kicks03

Saturday, November 4, 2017

BELTON – The UT Tyler Patriots will play for the American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer Championship title on Sunday after earning a 1-0 semifinal win over two-time defending champion UT Dallas on Saturday with Akon N’Guetta scoring the game-winning goal at the Cru Soccer Field.

The Patriots (11-2-3) secured their 11th shutout of the season and play Mary Hardin-Baylor (14-2-1) at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Belton for the 2017 championship after the Cru also advanced with a 4-0 win over Ozarks in the first semifinal of the day. UT Tyler is making its sixth ASC Championship finals appearance with its last coming in 2015 and will be looking to avenge a 2-0 regular-season loss to the Cru back on Sept. 23 in Belton. The Patriots have won two ASC titles in program history with the last coming in 2011, while the Cru will be playing for their first conference championship. The host of this year’s tournament is making its second finals appearance and first since 2009.

“This was another example of how important it is to have an entire team come together,” UT Tyler coach Kenny Jones said. “We had 20 guys play today and early in the year we couldn’t have done that. The growth that they’ve had has really made a difference. We didn’t really have many mistakes and solid goalkeeping. We had good effort and hard work. Sometimes that is what it takes.”

N’Guetta came into the game as a reserve for the Patriots, but would give the team all they would need when he took a midfield pass from Steven Soriano and scored a 40th minute goal. A senior from the Ivory Coast, N’Guetta now has three goals this season and six in his career with the Patriots. He was a sophomore on the 2015 team that reached the ASC finals that had its season end to UTD in penalty kicks to decide the tournament title.

UT Tyler used two goalkeepers in the shutout with starter John McGuffin not facing a single shot in 33 minutes, while sophomore Giancarlo Ayanegui played 57 minutes and secured three second-half saves. The 11 shutouts ties the 2007 season for the fourth most in program history with the 2010 team owning the record with 14 shutouts.

The Patriots finished the game with a 7-4 shots advantage over the Comets, but only had two official shots on goal with Jose Poo putting one on frame along with N’Guetta’s goal. UTD’s Alfredo Kaegi had a game-best two shots on goal but neither could get past Ayanegui.

UT Dallas has its season end with an 11-6-2 record, including a 2-0 loss to the Patriots in the regular season in Tyler. The Comets had won the past two ASC tournament titles and advanced to this year’s semifinals with a 2-1 win over Hardin-Simmons on Thursday in the quarterfinals.