Young Tigers hoping to break through again


Holy Trinity’s girls soccer team may have a number of new players this season, but the Tigers are still considered the favorites to win another district title. Photo by Carl Kotala

The core of the team that won three straight district titles might have graduated, but that doesn’t mean the Holy Trinity girls soccer team isn’t capable of making another run at No. 4.

“We have a pretty new team,” senior Emily Morgan said. “They’re pretty young. We have a lot of seventh and eighth and ninth graders. But we’re looking pretty good.

“I think we’re going to do really well this season. Probably be district champions, hopefully.”

Holy Trinity has 11 returners and six newcomers on its roster this season. The only seniors are co-captains Morgan, Baylee Whitley, Alexandra Fuentes and Siobhan Brennan.

Morgan said she has been impressed with newcomers Laure Gayle (freshman), Jessica Baez (freshman) and Piper McHenry (seventh grader) along with returner Darby Dummer (junior).

Another key returner is eighth-grade midfielder Kailey Dunne.

Whitley is the team’s goalkeeper, though Amelia Anello and Isobel Davis can also play there. 

The Tigers season got off a good start with an 8-0 win over the Master’s Academy, but then they lost to St. Edward’s — which figures to be their main competition for the district title — by a score of 2-1.

Given the youth on this team, though, it’s easy to see Holy Trinity getting stronger as the season goes on.

Morgan, who has been the team’s top goal scorer, is expected to see time on the defensive end of the field as well this year as the team tries to shore up its overall game.

“I think we have to stick with defense,” she said. “If they can’t score, they can’t win. I think defense is definitely the strong point we need to work on.”

That kind of versatility will no doubt help Morgan when she moves to the next level. She has committed to Nova Southeastern.

“I just really liked the campus,” she said. “It’s not too close to home and it’s not too far away. The campus is pretty big and I liked the girls on the team, too.”

Right now, however, Morgan’s focus is on helping the young Tigers reach their fullest potential.

“We lost a lot of seniors last year who were the core of our three district winning teams,” coach Dean Flexton wrote in an email. “This squad is now a very new, young and talented squad and I am very excited to see how these girls develop.”