Tigers out to prove they shouldn’t be overlooked


Emerson Euziere, right, will be a key player for the Holy Trinity girls soccer team this season.

Carl Kotala

When it comes to discussing their outlook on this year’s soccer season, the Holy Trinity boys and girls teams have a similar view.

The boys feel overlooked.

The girls feel like they’re the underdog.

And oh, they can’t wait to prove people wrong.

“Honestly, with these guys here, I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people,” new Holy Trinity boys coach Adrian Moreno said. “They’re a young group, and there are a lot of new faces on the team that were JV players (last year), but I think they’re going to surprise a lot of teams in the county, and a lot of teams outside of the county.

“People only think we have a couple players, like Ed (Marr) and Ryan (Mozer).”

The Tigers graduated nine seniors from last year’s team, including top scorer Danny Lynch. But any idea that the Tigers will have trouble scoring this season was surely erased after the team defeated Melbourne Central Catholic 5-0 in the season opener.

“People thought we wouldn’t have any goal threats and I feel like putting five past MCC — after losing 4-1 to them last year — was a great testament to how hard we’ve worked and how overall this season,” Marr said. “I feel like we can go really far.”

In addition to Marr and Mozer, the Tigers have been getting strong performances from Walker Johnson, Brock Shoultz and a new backline of Jackson Mariani, Lucas Dutra and Ty Schrumpf in front of goalkeeper James Linnabary.

Holy Trinity will be in a new, much tougher district this season that features, among others, West Shore, Edgewood and MCC.

“I think we’re underdogs a little bit,” girls senior goalkeeper Payton Yates said following a scoreless tie against MCC.

“We’re a small team. We’re not physically big. … When the other teams look at us, I’m sure they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s HT.’ But we have a lot of heart, more heart than the other teams, which is why we do so well in games like this.”

With a talented roster that includes Yates, Kailey Dunne, Amelia Anello, Kendall Harrison, Julia McCarthy, Julia McNatt, Aislin Scully, Erin Sherden, Emerson Euziere, Averie Schweitzer, Allie Chamberland, Lani Watt, Bianca Fontanin, Braelyn Wahy and Sky Godfrey the Tigers will certainly be a tough matchup for anyone they face.

Because if the early season is any indication, this is a team that communicates well together and is willing to work hard.

“I think we definitely have a strong mentality this year to win,” Yates said. “There’s a lot of desire on this team. I’m happy about that because it’s hard to be on a team when no one cares. But everyone’s really happy to be here.”