PREVIEW: @Patriot_msoccer, Trinity set for NCAA showdown
UT Tyler (11-4-3)
#2 Trinity University (21-1-0)
11/11/2017 | Trinity University | Attendance: 392
UT Tyler011
Trinity University415
TUMS4:28Austin Michaelis (Wesley Mitchell )
TUMS12:42Quentin Van Der Lee (Chris Madden )
TUMS25:43Austin Michaelis (Wesley Mitchell )
TUMS37:05Kellen Reid (Liam Looney , Joshua Lai)
UTTM83:33Lucas Pereira (Giovanni Castillo )
TUMS86:37Duncan James (Patrick Cunneff )
UTTMJohn McGuffin90:0057
TUMSBlake Lieberman90:0013
Stats at a GlanceUTTMTUMS
Shots (on Goal)9 (4)24 (13)
Corner Kicks37

Thursday, November 9, 2017

TYLER – The UT Tyler Patriots will play No. 2-ranked Trinity at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship at the McGinlay Soccer Field in San Antonio.

The Patriots (11-3-3) are making their fourth trip to the NCAA postseason (5-2-1 record) after earning an at-large bid, while the Tigers (20-1) have made 16 straight appearances and 21 in program history. The programs have met in the NCAA tournament three times with a record of 1-1-1 in those postseason games in 2011, 2010 and 2008. UT Tyler is 193-63-35 in 16 seasons led by head coach Kenny Jones entering the national postseason. UT Tyler and Trinity last met in the 2011 season when the Patriots won a 2-0 second-round matchup in San Antonio after the Tigers advanced with a 4-2 penalty kick advantage in 2010. Trinity eliminated UT Tyler from its first NCAA appearance in 2008 with a 2-0 win over the Patriots in 2008. The Patriots are 3-0 all-time in NCAA first-round games.

The UT Tyler-Trinity winner advances to the second round where they will play at 7 p.m. on Sunday in San Antonio against the Williamette and Mary Hardin-Baylor winner. UMHB (15-2-1) won the American Southwest Conference Championship with a 1-0 win over the Patriots last Sunday in Belton to earn the ASC’s automatic bid.

UT Tyler has outscored its opponents by a 31-9 margin this season led by Lucas Pereira who has 10 goals and Leandro Cid-Fernandez who has six. The Patriots have recorded 11 shutouts and limited their opponents to one or fewer goals in 15 of 17 games this season. Cid-Fernandez and Pereira are both two-time all-region selections, while Cid-Fernandez was named the ASC Midfielder of the Year on Tuesday for the third straight season. UT Tyler senior John McGuffin was named the ASC Goalkeeper of the Year, while Ryan Brinda and Travis Collins earned all-conference honors for their defensive work.

An Argentina native, Cid-Fernandez is the only player to ever earn three ASC Midfielder of the Year honors and is the UT Tyler all-time leader with 36 career goals. Cid-Fernandez has six goals and three assists so far this season, including a two-goal performance against UT Dallas in the regular season. Cid-Fernandez is the program’s all-time leader in points also with 14 assists to go along with his 36 goals for 86 total points. She has taken 102 shots on goal entering this weekend.

A senior from North Richland Hills, McGuffin is the first Patriot to earn ASC Goalkeeper of the Year honors after 10 shutouts in the regular season. McGuffin is a four-year player at UT Tyler and spent 4,845 minutes in goal for the Patriots in his career. During that time, he has made 167 saves with a .807 percentage. He has allowed only nine goals this season and has 42 saves entering Saturday’s game at Trinity.

Pereira is now a three-time All-ASC selection after recording a 10-goal junior season for the Patriots. Those 10 goals are the eighth most in a season for any player in UT Tyler history and he has also added four assists. A third-year player from Spain, Pereira enters the NCAA tournament with 22 goals and nine assists in his career. A junior from Coppell, Brinda also earns his third All-ASC selection after being a leader for the Patriot defense throughout his career. Collins, a sophomore from Wichita Falls, was named to the second team for his defensive work that along with Brinda has helped limit the opposition to only 53 shots on goal through 17 games this season. UT Tyler has 11 shutouts this season after its 1-0 ASC semifinal win over UTD last Saturday.

UT Tyler has had 11 players score this season, including getting three goals from Akon N’Guetta and Joe Poo. N’Guetta, a senior from the Ivory Coast, scored in the 40th minute for the game-winning goal in a 1-0 ASC semifinal win over UT Dallas last Saturday for the sixth of his career. Erik Macias was named to the ASC All-Tournament Team along with Brinda and Collins and enters the NCAA tournament with two goals along with sophomore Caio Godinho. Five Patriots have one goal, including Mark Guevara, Steven Soriano, Alfonso Ochoa, Chris Stamm and Giovanni Castillo.

Trinity is coming off a 4-0 win over the University of Dallas to win its 20th conference title and enters the NCAA tournament on a 15-game winning streak. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a 59-13 margin with 12 shutouts this season, led by Austin Michaelis who has 13 goals and Christian Sakshaug who has contributed 10 goals and nine assists.

Ticket prices for each day in San Antonio are $6 general admission, $3 for students with I.D. and seniors (age 55 and over), and $2 for children ages 3-12. The third and fourth rounds are set for November 17-19, at a site to be determined, while the NCAA Semifinals and Final will be held December 1-2 at Greensboro, North Carolina.