Tigers show off diverse offense in 5-0 win over Santa Fe Catholic


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Holy Trinity's Kailey Dunne (center), shown here from an earlier game, was one of five Tigers to score a goal in Tuesday night's 5-0 win over Santa Fe Catholic in the Class 1A regional quarterfinals.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Five members of Holy Trinity’s girls soccer team accounted for the Tigers’ five goals scored in their FHSAA Class 1A regional quarterfinal matchup with Santa Fe Catholic on Tuesday night as the Tigers breezed to a 5-0 win.

“I think that that speaks volumes about our team, not just the way we play, but what kind of school we are,” Holy Trinity head coach Joey Messina said of the team’s diverse offensive attack. “It’s not just one person here. There’s not a superstar. All of them are leaders and they all demonstrated that tonight so it’s very important that five different people scored for us tonight.”

The Tigers had a solid night on defense, too, shutting out Santa Fe Catholic to advance to Friday’s regional semifinal against Lakeland Christian.

“I think the entire game, we just put in full effort and I think that shows from our practices and from our coaching staff coming from how we work hard every game and I think this game, we really put everything out on the field and that’s why we dominated this game,” said Holy Trinity goalkeeper Payton Yates. “We could have been up 9-0. I really, honestly, think that could have happened. Just couldn’t get it in the back of the net.”

The scoring began when Amelia Anello scored off an assist by Allie Chamberland more than 12 minutes into the contest to put Holy Trinity up 1-0. Minutes later, Averie Schweitzer tucked home a goal following a scramble in front of the net to give Holy Trinity a 2-0 halftime advantage.

“I think it’s more about what we did well leading up to tonight,” Messina said. “When we practiced this week, we trained with a lot of intensity. The girls were very focused. We worked on a lot of things going forward and their work rate and their effort and their togetherness really is what drove the tempo in this game and I think that’s what made us come out so aggressive and so strong.”

The Tigers kept up the offensive onslaught in the second half with Kailey Dunn scoring less than five minutes into the half. Evie Rittenhouse scored following a beautiful pass from Nyah Martin for the team’s fourth goal and Julia McNatt concluded the scoring with a goal with more than six minutes remaining.

“I’m sure we had like 70 percent of possession,” Yates said. “It was just a really good technical game for us, so I think that’s really helped us succeed against a team that was very athletic and very aggressive.”

Next up for Holy Trinity will be a home game against Lakeland Christian, which beat Fort Pierce John Carroll 8-0 in Tuesday night’s regional quarterfinal.

Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m. at Catherine A. Ford Field.

The Tigers will be looking to break a five-game postseason losing streak to the Vikings.

“We played them last year,” Yates said. “We lost 1-0 off a PK. It was kind of disappointing. But I know our defense is really strong against them. We have a really strong defense. I think if we can just get one ball in the back of the net, we’ll definitely seal the deal with that team.”