The Trinity men's soccer team stuck with the Spring Arbor all the way through the first half after having to play down one player for most of the match. But it was in the final 10 minutes of the second half when the visitors pulled away.
The Trolls lost 0-1 to the No. 10 Cougars to open their first match of the season, but the Trolls put a lot of heart into the game.
The defense shined for Trinity today as they fought off Spring Arbor's offense, who put forward 11 shots today, with five being on goal. Mathis Muller secured four saves during the match, but put forward a lot of work to keep the ball away from the net.
The rest of the team contributed to the defensive efforts, diving to stop shots and blocking balls coming their way.
Offensively for the Trolls, only a few were able to get the ball to the net. Manasse Mbuyi was able to put a shot on goal, while Wesley Trueblood, Davi Simoes and Marcos Shimizu put pressure on the Cougars' defense.
"I am really proud of the effort we gave today," said head coach Eric Salley. "I think that we just showed that Trinity men's soccer is in a new decade and a new year. We just took the No. 10 team in the nation and played them evenly while down a man. That says something about the resolve of our guys and how together we are right now."
The Trolls will be back on the pitch next Saturday, Aug. 30, when they travel to Kentucky to play Asbury.