UT Tyler beat Texas Lutheran

UT Tyler senior Chris Powell tries to control the ball during Friday's match with Texas Lutheran. Photo By Jake A. Waddingham

The UT Tyler men’s soccer team defeated Texas Lutheran 4-1 in an American Southwest Conference showdown on Friday evening. The win gives the Patriots an 8-1 advantage all-time against the Bulldogs, with the only loss coming in 2009.

The match started off as a defensive struggle with both teams getting off a few shots, without putting one into the net, until the eventful 45th-minute.

With just seconds to play in the first half, UT Tyler’s (10-5-1, 7-3-1) Cameron Cashman took the pass from Richard Gutierrez to beat the goalkeeper for the 1-0, a lead that would not last long.

Just seconds later, with a few ticks left in the half, Christian Rodriguez received the corner-kick from Gabriel Sosa and beat Patriots’ goalie Sergio Gardea to tie the game at 1-1.

After the furious end to the first-half, UT Tyler took control of the second-half in impressive fashion.

Taylor Nelson-Cook broke the tie in the 56th-minute with a strike from the top of the box, with the assist from Chris Powell.

In the 78th-minute, Austin Fletcher played a nice ball to Jose Barron, who beat TLU goalie Ian Parker to make the score 3-1.

Johnathan Kam would finish off the scoring in the 82nd-minute, taking a rebound off his own shot and putting it in the back of-the-net.

Freshman Kevin Hernandez took four shots, with one on-goal while teammates Barron and Enoch Shipman finished with two each.

The Patriots will complete regular-season play Saturday when they take on Schreiner at 6 p.m. on Homecoming Weekend.

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