Holy Trinity girls soccer team cruises to district championship


Members of the Holy Trinity girls soccer team pose with their championship trophy after beating John Carroll 4-0 Tuesday night.

VIERA VOICE Chris Bonanno

Holy Trinity’s girls soccer team left no doubt as to who the best team in Class 1A, District 10 was on Tuesday night as the Tigers dominated visiting Fort Pierce John Carroll 4-0 in the teams’ district championship matchup.

“It feels great to be district champs again. It means a lot to us,” said Holy Trinity’s Jessica Baez. “We worked really hard this season to make it to this point. We can all agree on that.”

Holy Trinity’s Julia McNatt scored from close range less than two minutes into the game to give the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish.

“It’s always important to start off strong like that,” said Holy Trinity head coach Joey Messina. “That’s kind of what you want because against better teams, if you don’t start out strong and you let them in the game, then you give them a chance to get ahead early. The fact that we got ahead early really helped us manage the game.”

Messina’s team would pad its lead courtesy of a long strike that was taken well outside the penalty area by Kailey Dunne that helped give Holy Trinity a 2-0 halftime advantage.

The scoring didn’t stop there, however, as the Tigers doubled their lead. The first goal came off the foot of Julia McCarthy, who was set up by Amelia Anello. The roles reversed somewhat later on in the half when Anello tucked in a goal off a rebound of a shot by McCarthy to account for the remainder of the scoring.

“We really controlled the middle and also the defense really worked super hard. I think we all did a really good job working together,” said McCarthy of the team’s performance.  

“I also think our coach Joe (Messina), he has us work a lot in possession and that’s really helpful,” added the Tigers’ Lauryn Gales.

Tiger players were jubilant after the final whistle, with players celebrating in part by dumping Gatorade on Messina on what was a relatively cool night by area standards.

“We’ve done it to him every time we win, so we’re really appreciative of him as a coach,” McCarthy said.

“It feels about 50 degrees colder than how I felt before it happened,” quipped Messina.

The district championship win means Holy Trinity will host the Class 1A regional quarterfinal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the runner-up from District 9.

“We come up with a goal every season and our goal is to make it to state, honestly,” Baez said. “…. We just work toward our goal and it helps us out a lot.”