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TROLLS TAME TIGERS, ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Spring break will come four months early for the men's soccer team, courtesy of a few fleet feet.

Forward Paul Miantona scored the game-winning goal with a little more than four minutes left as the Trolls rallied from a one-goal deficit to stave off the Tigers of Olivet Narazene University 4-3 Thursday evening in the NCCAA Regional final match. The win catapults Trinity into the national tournament November 22-25 in Kissimmee, Florida.

"I'm drained right now," coach Jonathan Lenarz said before his players doused him with ice water. 
"These guys fought hard and never gave up. They've been that way all season long."

Despite steady rainfall and brisk temperatures that turned the field into a quagmire, the Trolls' offense clicked early when senior forward Jose Dominguez (Puebla, Mexico) found the net less than a minute into the game. Later in the first half, Hugo Gutierrez (Guadalajara, Mexico) tallied to give the home team a 2-0 lead going into the locker room.

The second half saw a more aggressive Tigers team emerge, as they pressured Trolls goalie Nate Damstra (Caledonia, Michigan). Despite a couple of outstanding saves by Damstra, the visitors reeled off three unanswered goals, one by penalty kick, to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore defender John Wind (Corona, California) then converted a penalty kick to knot the match at 3 and pump some life back into the Trolls.

Following near-misses by both teams, Miantona, a senior from Liberia, took a pass from Dominguez on the right wing and beat the Tigers goalie to push Trinity back into the lead. The Trolls played keep away until time expired, securing their second consecutive berth in the national tournament.

"This was one of our goals at the beginning of the season," Lenarz said. "We'll take a couple of days to enjoy it, then we've got to get ready for Florida. It would be nice to bring home the big trophy."

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