Tigers start slow, then roll past Pine School 8-0

McCarthy has hat trick, Anello scores twice for Holy Trinity


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Holy Trinity's Julia McCarthy gets control of the ball during Monday's district game against Pine School. McCarthy would score three goals for the Tigers, who won the game 8-0.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

It took the Holy Trinity girls soccer team a little while to get going Monday afternoon.

But once the Tigers got it in gear, there was nothing Pine School could do about it.

Julia McCarthy had a hat trick, Amelia Anello scored twice and Holy Trinity rolled over the Knights 8-0 in a Class 1A, District 10 game at Catherine A. Ford Field.

“I think it took us a little while to grow into the game, but I liked our response going into the second half because the performance was much better in the second half than in the first half,” Tigers coach Joey Messina said.

“It’s good that they can demand more of themselves when they need to.”

The victory improved the Tigers to 3-2 on the season with all three wins coming in district play.

After graduating just two players from last year’s district championship team, Holy Trinity would certainly have to be considered the favorite to win it again.

Although the Tigers were a little sluggish offensively in the first half, their defense was seriously threatened only once the entire game. That came in the second half after Skye Godfrey took over for starting goalkeeper Payton Yates. Godfrey made the save.

Offensively, meanwhile, Holy Trinity got the scoring started in the first half with a McCarthy goal off an assist from Lauren Jacobus. McCarthy then assisted on a goal by Anello to give the Tigers a 2-0 halftime lead.

Holy Trinity stepped up its play in the second half as McCarthy would score twice more and the Tigers would also get goals from Tara Carroll, Julia McNatt, Kendall Harrison and another from Anello with 4:35 remaining to finish off the Knights.

“We definitely started the game really slow,” said Holy Trinity senior Jessica Baez, who helped key the Tigers defensive effort.

“The energy was just down … but I think when we talked during halftime and the second half started up, we definitely got our energy up a little bit. We opened up more and had better passing opportunities. I think we improved slowly over time.”

The Tigers next game will come Tuesday when they host St. Edward’s in a district game at 6 p.m.