Holy Trinity girls soccer led by strong core group


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Nov. 11, 2014, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy -- The Tigers figure to put plenty of pressure on their opponents this season.

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This year’s Holy Trinity girls soccer team will be built around a core group of players who have been with the program a long time.

And when you’re talking about players like Summer Rydson, Morgan Walker, Kate Elstun, Maleia Storum and Emily Morgan … that’s a very skilled, dangerous group to build around.

The Tigers showed just how explosive they can be in their first two games, scoring a total of 19 goals.

And that’s while trying to incorporate seven new players into a roster that returned 11 from last year’s district championship team. Imagine how good this team can be when the players all get used to each other.

“We’ve been doing pretty well this season, getting to know each other and getting comfortable with each other,” Elstun, a senior center-midfielder said. “It’s definitely a process, but we’re doing well with it.”

Junior Baylee Whitley will be in goal for the Tigers, though coach Dean Flexton said he is also hoping to get some playing time for senior McKenna Ville, who is playing on the varsity team for the first time.

Giana Gayles will also be a key player for Holy Trinity. The sophomore has been part of the program for three years, but has missed much of the past two because of back problems. Now that she’s fully fit and back on the field, Flexton said it’s like having a brand new player.

Two more key players for the Tigers this season will be senior Victoria Zeger, who plays in the back defensively, and talented seventh grader Kailey Dunn. 

While the Tigers have plenty of players for defenses to be concerned about this season, no one figures to get more attention from opponents than Morgan, who is already off to a strong start.

The junior scored all four goals in the Tigers’ first game against Sebastian River, then added four more in Holy Trinity’s easy victory against Florida Air Academy.

Her combination of size, speed and skill is a tough matchup for any opponent.

“She’s incredibly quick, for one,” Flexton said when asked what stands out about Morgan.

“She’s very technical when she wants to be. … She’s just a very powerful, strong athlete.”

Holy Trinity, which plays in the same district with Florida Air, John Carroll (Fort Pierce), Master’s Academy (Vero Beach), Pine School (Hobe Sound) and St. Edward’s (Vero Beach), figures to be the favorite to repeat as district champions.

Last year’s team reached the regional semifinals.

“I think if we get all of our efforts together and get really strong together we can definitely win districts again,” Elstun said. “St. Edward’s will be a tough game because that’s always a big rival game. We’re very competitive.”