Holy Trinity boys soccer expected to field strong team this season


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Holy Trinity soccer players Joshua Knight, left, Hunter Gaskin and Carlo Campanini are a big reason why the Tigers believe this could be their best team in years.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The feeling around the Holy Trinity boys soccer program is that this might be one of the best Tiger teams to come around in a long time.

“We were good last year, but when it came to the playoffs, our inexperience killed us early on,” coach James Phillips said. “It’s pretty much the same group of boys, only they’re a year older, a year stronger, and a year more mature. And they’ve got the experience from last year.

“I’m excited about it.”

So is senior Joshua Knight, who also believes the Tigers have a chance to be something special because they’re a bit different than other Holy Trinity teams of the past few years

“We’re definitely more of a technical team compared to past years when we’ve been more of an athletic team. It really helps to be technical … having someone that can manipulate the ball around the field really well.”

Knight is one of the leaders on this year’s team, along with Carlo Campanini, Hunter Gaskin and Jack Ganiban.

The Tigers are expected to use Knight — also an accomplished midfielder in lacrosse — in several different positions on the back end.

“He’s a real good, strong defensive (player),” Phillips said. “I’ve got to find a place for him to play because he’s such a good leader.

“He’ll work harder than anyone else on the field, so you’ve got to find a spot where he’s going to be the most effective and that’s usually a defensive role.”

Campanini, who has played up front and on the defensive end during his time at Holy Trinity, also will find himself moving around to fill different spots depending on who the Tigers play.

Two new players will help fuel their offense. Junior Danny Lynch transferred in from California and had all three goals in Holy Trinity’s opening game, a 3-3 tie against Edgewood.

Swedish forward David Nordin should also play a big role for the Tigers, who expect to get strong play in goal from Calum Watson.

Knight said this year’s team is working hard to get on the same page and take each game as it comes instead of looking ahead.

“I think that’s been a common problem we’ve had in past years,” he said. “We’ve been dead set on, ‘When we get to state’ instead of (focusing) on the process of getting to state.”

With more experience, good ball-handling and good speed, this is a team built to go far.

“We’re strong this year,” Phillips said. “Player for player, it’s the strongest team I’ve had. Now, it’s just getting the belief there and the right attitude.

“If they work as hard as the other teams I’ve had, we’ll be all right.”