Trinity's Lance Key wins 200th match
The defending conference champions remained undefeated at 10-0-1, and stand at 5-0-0 in SCAC play. Trinity also won its eighth straight game and registered a seventh consecutive shutout. Texas Lutheran came into the weekend as the No. 2 team in the SCAC standings.
Coach Key was presented a commemorative game ball at the end of the matchup for the milestone win. He is Trinity's all-time leader in career wins, and continues to extend that record. A former All-American on the men’s team, Coach Key will be inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon during halftime of the Tigers football game with Hardin-Simmons University.
|Lance Key wins his 200th match as head coach at Trinity University (Texas)|
After the game, Coach Key reflected on his achievement: "It's a special moment, but in terms of the game, it's hard to say it's any different than any other along the way. But what it does it brings together a whole lot of steps in the process. It brings together a whole lot of memories, it captured all the relationships of all the young women I have been able to work with over the course of my time here."
The number that really stands out is the number of players that I have had the opportunity to coach here. It's a great moment, to have some of these alumni back to surprise me and share this with me. For a long time, a lot of thoese girls in the early days had to really bear with me, because I was young and immature, and naive in a lot of ways, and probably wasn't able to give them the experience that I am able to give the girls now. These kids come through as first years and leave as seniors. It's a great blessing."
The good Lord has been very merciful and gracious with me to get me through those times to be able to enjoy these times like tonight. It's really touching to be able to share this. It's a program accomplishment, it's not my accomplishment. I just stand on the sidelines on game day. These guys are the ones who have to get up and execute, and put things together on game night. I just get to be a part of it. It's really special, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be here and be able to work with these guys."
Allison Carter scored what would become the game-winning goal, on a solo shot in 37th minute of play. She was able to find space near the top of the box and slip in a shot that broke up a scoreless game.
Jordan Leeper drilled a free kick into the top corner of the net with just over a minute remaining until the half, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. The first period ended with Trinity holding a 22-0 edge in shots, an advantage that would end up at 35-1 at the end of the contest.
The second half started off with two quick goals by the Tigers, effectively sealing the win. Maggie Olvera beat the keeper for the first just one minute into the half, taking a pass from Julia Kelly, and sliding a shot just past the goalkeeper. Olvera had a shot blocked a few minutes later and as the ball ended up at the feet of Hannah Hommel, she fed Emily Donnan, who buried the fourth goal of the game at 51:23.
Brigitte Taylor assisted Meredith Licata on the final goal of the game, keeping alive a streak of four consecutive games that Trinity's offense has scored at least five goals. Janie Thompson worked the net in the first half to earn the victory, and she was relieved in the second by Dana McLaughlin and Kalli Douma.
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