Tigers blank St. Edward’s in district semifinal


Holy Trinity's Kendall Harrison (left) scored a goal during Thursday night's 4-0 victory against St. Edward's in the Class 1A, District 10 semifinal. The Tigers will play for the district title Tuesday night at 6 p.m.


It was a big night for the Holy Trinity girls soccer team for two reasons:

* The Tigers beat St. Edward’s 4-0 in the Class 1A, District 10 semifinals on Thursday to begin what they hope will be a deep postseason run.

* In an effort to give some of his veterans a chance to rest, Holy Trinity coach Joey Messina brought up a number of players from the JV team, and the youngsters – including Bianca Fontanin and Braelyn Wahi -- more than held their own.

 “Today, I got to see what the future of Holy Trinity is like and the young kids performed phenomenally,” Messina said. “I thought the young kids showed they can fit into our team and they can play with us. They did their jobs well.”

Holy Trinity (8-3-2) will host John Carroll (9-6) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the district championship game. John Carroll defeated Pine School 1-0 in Thursday’s other semifinal.

Julia McCarthy’s goal on a perfect cross from Allie Chamberland midway through the first half gave Holy Trinity (8-3-2) a 1-0 lead that stood for most of the night.

The Tigers, who dominated possession, finally broke the game open late. Holy Trinity scored three times in the final 13 minutes with goals by Kendall Harrison, Fontanin and Julia McNatt.

Holy Trinity used three goalkeepers on the night – Payton Yates, Amelia Anello and Averie Schweitzer – on the way to the shutout.

“We just couldn’t score, but we created a lot of chances,” Messina said. “I’m happy with how we played.”

Messina was also happy with the way his team played, especially on defense, in a scoreless tie against Edgewood. That performance is one of the reasons why the Tigers have come into the postseason with a little momentum.

“Playing a team like that and having a good score like we did gives me a lot of hope for the games ahead,” Holy Trinity senior Jessica Baez said. “I feel like we can make it really far this year.”

Last year’s Holy Trinity team won the district title and advanced to the regional semifinals.

This year, the goals are much higher.

The Tigers think they have a chance to do something no other Holy Trinity girls team has been able to accomplish.

 “We talk about it a lot,” Baez said. “Since the beginning of the season, our main goal was not only being district champs again, but just to make it farther than we did last year and win regionals, potentially make it to states.

“We’ve never really done that before. That was basically our main goal since day one. That’s what we’ve been going for this whole time.”