Trinity Edges Schreiner at SCAC tournament

Schreiner’s Cailee Morgan works her way through a pair of Centenary defenders during action Friday at the SCAC postseason soccer tournament at Mountaineer Field.

Photo by Stuart Cunyus

The Trinity Tigers showed again why they are one of the top teams in the nation, but a game Schreiner squad battled hard and even had two late chances to tie the match in what ended up being a 1-0 victory for the Tigers in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal action Saturday at Mountaineer Field.

With the win, No. 3-ranked Trinity advanced to Sunday’s championship match, while Schreiner saw its 2016 season end at 9-8-3 overall and 6-5-1 in SCAC play.

The only goal in Saturday’s contest came off a corner kick with seven minutes left before halftime when Trinity’s Julie Kelly scored on a loose ball in the box. TU’s Jordan Leeper earned an assist on the play.

The Tigers dominated on shots, but Schreiner wouldn’t go down without a fight. Despite coming off an emotionally and physically draining 3-2 double-overtime win on Friday, the Mountaineers hung in with the rested Trinity squad, and SU freshman Dani Loeblein and sophomore Cailee Morgan even put two solid shots on goal in the final quarter of the match that could have evened things up.

Schreiner freshman Jordin Toso was outstanding in goal, recording nine saves and coming up with some that kept the Mountaineers in it.

SU’s defensive unit also was strong throughout.

In Friday’s tournament-opening thriller, Schreiner trailed Centenary 2-0 80 minutes into play despite dominating the match in shots, but in a span of 42 seconds, SU junior Ruth Blackburn tied things up nearly single-handedly with a pair of goals.

The match went to a first overtime period and then a second before Blackburn again made a mark, feeding Morgan with a ball that Morgan drove in for a game-winning goal in an exhausting 3-2 downing of the Ladies.

For Morgan, it was her team-leading eighth goal of the season and her third game-winner. She finished with 17 points this season to lead the Mountaineers.

Schreiner entered Friday’s quarterfinal match as the No. 4-seed, but No. 5-seed Centenary scored the first goal less than a minute into play when Maddy Brown booted home an assist from Marissa Hughes.

The Ladies carried that 1-0 lead into halftime, and eight minutes into the second half, things turned worse for Schreiner when Centenary’s Olivia Jackson made it 2-0 with another goal.

The Mountaineers, who ended with a sizeable 20-7 advantage in shots, showed some desperation late by putting extensive pressure on the Ladies’ goalkeeper, and it paid off when Blackburn knocked in a loose ball in the box from junior Delaney Morrow and sophomore Lindsey Fitz to cut the deficit in half.

Seconds later, Black-burn blasted a pass from junior Laura Atzeni into the back of the net to knot things up. It was Blackburn’s fourth and fifth goals of the year.

Toso collected three saves on the day.

Schreiner will lose just two seniors — Natalie Moreno and Sarah Hrehor — off this year’s roster as the Mountaineers turn their attention toward the 2017 season.

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