In a goal tending clinic, No. 2 Trinity and No. 11 Wheaton play to a draw
|Trinity's Katie Garrett had 21 saves in the Wheaton match Trinity Athletics|
In Friday action, the second-ranked Trinity Tigers travelled North to the Chicago area to face No.11 Wheaton in a growing rivalry between historic powers. If there was to be a conclusion, none was reached as the two powers battled to a 1-1 draw.
At 8-0-1, Trinity had beeen tested only once, playing No. 4 Hardin-Simmons to draw earlier in the season, so the road game against the Thunder provided Coach Lance Key's Tigers their second real test of the season.
Wheaton came out aggressive early and pressed throughout the first half, forcing Tiger senior Katie Garrett to make six saves. In the first half, Wheaton ended with a 16-7 advantage in shots, with two shots rattling off the post.
The second stanza was not the same as the first, as the Tigers made some halftime adjustments and limited Wheaton's offensive power. In the 58th minute, Tiger senior Stephanie Segovia took an Emily Jorgens pass and beat Thunder keeper Hilary Barreto for a 1-0 lead, and her eighth goal of the season.
Wheaton's response took almost 20 minutes to develop, but after several waves of pressure, sophomore Annie Hamilton collected a rebound off the post, and broke through with the equalizer. Hamilton’s goal was assisted by freshman Ally Witt. The goal came just minutes after a key save by Barreto off a dangerous shot by Tiger junior Shelby Guenthardt.
Neither side had many real opportunities in the overtime periods, and the matched ended with a 38-17 shot advantage by the Thunder. For the 350 fans in attendance, the match provided both dramatic offensive action and a real showcase of goal keeper talent. Tiger Katie Garrett had several spectactular saves, ending with 21 on the night. Garrett had not faced this many shots in a match yet this season: the Tigers defended 11 shots against Texas-Tyler on September 7, and Garrett made three saves against Dallas on September 21.
Barreto had 9 saves in the match, just besting her season high of 8 in a losing effort against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on September 19. That match also had Wheaton facing their season high in shots against at 23.