College Soccer Preview: Men’s Trinity University Tigers

Unfinished Business. That’s what should be the theme for the 2019 edition of the men’s soccer team Trinity University. A successful regular season campaign in 2018 that saw the Tigers go 17-2-3 and won the SCAC regular season conference crown with a 12-1-1 record. Trinity also won the SCAC Championship final in penalties over Southwestern. Trinity University cruised through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament with two 3-0 wins before falling to Chicago 2-0. Many felt that 2018 was the year that Trinity would become Div III Champions for the first time since 2003.

Paul McGinlay is in his 28th season as head coach of the Trinity Tigers men’s soccer team.

“Coach McGinlay is one of the winningest coaches in the NCAA. Since his appointment in 1991, Coach McGinlay has chalked up a record of 480-76-26 (.845). He is ranked first in winning percentage among all-time NCAA Division III coaches and third in the category of active DIII coaches. Coach McGinlay holds a fourth-place ranking in winning percentage of all coaches in all of the NCAA Divisions.” – from Trinity’s soccer website

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photo by Soy_SAF

Key Departures:

Forward – Austin Michaelis – 11 Goals, 3 Assists

Forward – Ryan Hunter – 6 Goals, 2 Assists

Key Returning:

Goalkeeper – Blake Lieberman – 0.59 GAA, 60 Saves

Defense – Roman Cano

Forward – Wesley Mitchell – 4 Goals, 3 Assists


Trinity will be looking to return to the NCAA tournament and finish what they started last season. They came close to winning it all last year. With Michaelis and Hunter leaving and taking 17 goals among them from last season, new forwards will have to emerge and take charge. Could it be Wesley Mitchell or Sophomore Philip Duenz who played in nine matches and started two his freshman year. Defense and Goalkeeping still looks stout; Trinity is still the defending champs of the SCAC.

Philip Duenez, photo by Soy_SAF


The 2019 season starts August 30th at home with UT-Dallas, early on the biggest match of the season appears to be September 29th home match versus Southwestern, a repeat of the 2018 SCAC Championship Final. The regular season ends at home against Austin on November 3rd. The SCAC championship starts on November 8th.


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