Freshman Naiser Guanipa scored the Eagles’ first goal of the season — and the first goal of his college career — late in¬† Saturday’s season opener at Keiser University, but the NAIA national tournament participants from a year ago built an early lead and added more to win 8-1.

Guanipa connected on a slap shot from 35 yards out in Minute 79 to put the Eagles on the board, but the stingy Keiser defense held the Eagles to only six total shots and two on goal. Trinity got off five shots in the second half, and Guanipo’s unassisted slap shot made it into the net with 10:30 left in the game.

Keiser connected on 8 of 12 shots on goal (23 shots overall), and Eagles goalkeeper Kyle Aultman saved four. Seahawks forward Ciro Damine scored four times in six shots off the bench, and teammates Hannu Tam (2), Daniel Ponte, and Sebastian Espino each scored as well. Keiser goalkeeper Felipe Godoy collected a save in the second half.

The Eagles have three more games on the road before playing their home opener. Trinity will travel to NAIA Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, FL) on August 24, NCCAA/NAIA Warner University (Lake Wales, FL) on August 25, and Florida Southern University (NCAA D-2) on August 30.

The Eagles will begin the home portion of their schedule when Florida College comes to Jacksonville to play at 1:00 p.m. EDT on September 1. That game is the first of three consecutive home matches at Trinity Baptist College.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics

PHOTOS: Keiser University Live Stream Screen Shots