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TRINITY MEN'S SOCCER 2018 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's soccer team, led by Head Coach Mike Pilger (15th season) and tri-captains, Alex Steel (Weston, Mass.), Will Baker (Los Angeles, Calif.), and Michael Burns (Oreland, Pa.), finished the 2018 season with a 2-13 overall record. Despite their struggles, the team fought hard all season, dropping six games by just a single goal while battling injuries all fall. Nine Bantams found the back of the net at least once as the squad averaged over a goal per game. Plenty of underclassmen saw significant playing time this season, setting the team up to rebound and compete for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) post-season for years to come.

Trinity got off to a great start, picking up a come-from-behind victory at Endicott in the season-opener. Junior Max Cottrell (Dover, Mass.) scored the equalizer in the 79th minute to tie things at 1-1 before classmate Henry Farr (Philadelphia, Pa.) played the hero, finding the back of the net just over four minutes into overtime. Sophomore goalie Andrew Clark (Short Hills, N.J.) recorded six saves in his first career start, while classmate John Mullin (Falmouth, Maine) assisted on Farr's game-winner to help lift Trinity to the 1-0 start.

Farr (top), Clark (left) and Cottrell (right)

On September 11, Trinity came up on the wrong side of a 4-3, double overtime loss to Eastern Connecticut State, but saw a trio of career-first goals from three sophomores. Midfielder Nigel Gustave (Baltimore, Md.) finished a give-and go with feeds by classmate Henry Belt (Brookline, Mass.) and first-year forward Logan Peterson (Nottingham, Md.) in the 47th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1. Just under seven minutes later, Trinity midfielder Alistair Matule (Charlestown, Mass.) tied the game at 2-2 after another Peterson give-and-go that also included sophomore forward George Jean-Claude (Norfolk, Mass.). Trinity took the lead in the 63rd minute when Cottrell and first-year Eduardo Velez-Perez (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) assisted Jean-Claude on his first career marker. ECSU ultimately tied the game in the 72nd minute before netting the game-winner in the second overtime session.

Nigel Gustave '21

The Bantams picked up their second win of the season in the form of a 2-0 shutout versus Western New England in late September. Sophomore Patrick Kennedy (Weymouth, Mass.) and rookie Andrew Shea (Somerset, Mass.) both scored their first career goals while first-year goalie Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) picked up his first career win in net to lead the way.

Andrew Shea '22

Everett Lyons '22

Patrick Kennedy '21

Matule enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, leading the Bantams with 15 points (T2nd in NESCAC) on six goals (T3rd in NESCAC) and three assists. He also recorded his first two goal game versus Middlebury in mid-October. Matule was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team at the end of the season thanks to his performance.

Alistair Matule '21

Five Trinity players finished with four points on the year, led by Gustave and Steel who both scored two goals apiece this fall. Steel, a defender, did so in exciting fashion as both of his scores came in the same half, versus Western Connecticut State. Mullin also tallied four points this season, including his first career goal which came on the road at Wesleyan. Belt and Peterson each recorded four assists (T10th in NESCAC) to lead the Bantams in that category. Lyons had a strong rookie campaign in goal, finishing 20th in the nation in saves with 62.

Mullin (top), Belt (middle left), Peterson (middle right), Steel (bottom)

Velez-Perez made headlines after the season when he was recalled by the Puerto Rican national men's soccer squad for the CONCACAF U-20 World Championships in Florida during the month of November. Velez-Perez played in all 15 games for Trinity this fall, including 10 starts. He notched an assist for his first career point against Eastern Connecticut State in September.

"What an honor for Eduardo to be recalled to the Puerto Rican National Team. What an honor for our program as well. His teammates love him. So do all his coaches. He's always smiling, laughing, and making us laugh. The kid loves life and is going to be a great NESCAC player." - Coach Pilger

Trinity had success in the classroom this fall as Clark, Mullin, Shea, Steel, senior John Mackie (Darien, Conn.), juniors Griffin Paterson (New Canaan, Conn.) and Patrick Simpson (London, England, and sophomores James Marden (Marblehead, Mass.) and Charlie Olson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) were each named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team thanks to their hard work in the classroom. Baker represented the team on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team as well.

This fall marked the final collegiate campaigns for Baker, Steel, David Grant (Winslow, Maine) and John Mackie (Darien, Conn.). The group was a part of Trinity teams that that have reached the NESCAC Championship Tournament twice, collected numerous NESCAC All-Academic awards and have been a part of numerous volunteer efforts around campus and in the greater Trinity community.

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