Posted: Nov 03, 2019
HOUSTON -- The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs secured the No. 2 seed, and a bye into the conference tournament semifinal round, for the upcoming Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship with a 2-1 road win Sunday against St. Thomas (Texas).
TLU finishes as the SCAC regular-season runner-up - the Bulldogs' highest finish in its seven seasons in the SCAC - with a conference mark of 7-2.
The Bulldogs won their last three conference matches and benefited from Trinity's 2-0 home loss Sunday to Austin College. That loss gave Trinity a 6-3 conference mark.
TLU's overall record moved to 13-5 with the victory at St. Thomas.
Bulldog forward Luis Green (Monterrey, Mexico/Smithson Valley) scored his sixth and seventh goals of the last three matches in the victory over the Celts (10-6, 6-2 SCAC).
After a scoreless first half, Green briefly put the Bulldogs in front. He scored with an assist from Cameron Townes. The goal came in the 59th minute.
St. Thomas answered with a goal on a free kick from Carlos Marquez in the 63rd minute.
Green countered with the match-winner in the 84th minute. Green headed home a delivery from Kevin Chavez at the 83:29 mark.
Green, the 2018 SCAC Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, now has 18 goals in 2019 after scoring 18 in 2018. Green, an All-American in 2018, has 36 career goals in 36 career matches as a Bulldog.
Caleb Weed made eight saves in goal for TLU.
TLU will play this Saturday in the SCAC Men's Soccer Championship semifinal against either No. 3 seed Trinity or No. 6 seed University of Dallas.
Colorado College won the SCAC regular-season championship and will be the tournament's top seed. Colorado College will face either No. 4 seed Southwestern or No. 5 seed Austin College in a Saturday semifinal.
The tournament at Trinity University in San Antonio starts Friday with the quarterfinal matches and runs through Sunday with the championship match.
Game times for the tournament will be released by the SCAC early this week.