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.