Lynch nets hat trick as Tigers top Pine School in 5-3 thriller


Holy Trinityi's Danny Lynch (right) battles to gain control of the ball during Monday Night's game against Pine School. Lynch would score three goals and the Tigers would come back from a 3-2 deficit to win 5-3.


It was exciting. It was physical. And the momentum went back and forth all game long.

In other words, it was just about what fans from both sides have come to expect whenever the Holy Trinity and Pine School boys soccer teams get together.

But in the end, it was the Tigers who were able to parlay the last momentum swing into a 5-3 victory Monday night at Catherine A. Ford Field in a classic Class 1A, District 10 game.

“It seems we always have great games against Pine School, and we always keep it interesting,” Holy Trinity senior Danny Lynch said. “Tonight was one of the best ones.”

Lynch had a hat trick, including the go-ahead goal in the second half off a beautiful feed from Ryan Mozer, as the Tigers improved to 4-3 overall.

Holy Trinity took a 2-0 lead on goals by Lynch and Eddie Marr in the first half only to see Pine School answer with a goal just before the break and two more early in the second half to grab a 3-2 lead.

However, with the momentum clearly going against them, the Tigers got a tying goal from M Jay Choi and then two more from Lynch to pull out the victory.

“I think we all had this confidence in us that we could come back,” Lynch said. “We never thought we were going to lose that game, and we just went out there and showed it.”

Holy Trinity coach James Phillips was happy with the way his team was able to bounce back after giving up the lead.

“It was a typical Pine School game,” he said. “We always have good battles against them. Eight goals (between the two teams) and one quarter there where they were all flying in and we didn’t know what was going on.

“It was a good game. We didn’t play particularly well, to be honest, but they showed a lot of heart to win the game. It was definitely a game of momentum.”

The Tigers will visit Viera for a big non-conference game on Saturday. Start time is 12:30 p.m.