Powerful West Shore ends Holy Trinity’s season
Holy Trinity senior Amelia Anello (center), shown here during a previous game against West Shore, played her final game for the Tigers Friday night. West Shore won the Class 3A, Region 3 semifinal 4-0.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Holy Trinity’s improbable postseason run in girls soccer came to an end against a familiar foe on the road Friday night.
Bree Ehmer scored three goals as West Shore spoiled Valentine’s Day for the seventh-seeded Tigers with a 4-0 victory in the Class 3A, Region 3 semifinals.
Holy Trinity, which finished the season 9-5-2, upset second-seeded Oxbridge Academy 1-0 on the road in West Palm Beach Tuesday night to set up the showdown against No. 3 West Shore. The two teams played in the Class 3A, District 10 semifinals on Feb. 3. West Shore won that match 2-1.
The Tigers defeated Oxbridge 1-0 with just the minimum 11 players after injuries and a vacation week from school left Holy Trinity shorthanded. Some players were out of state enjoying ski vacations.
Two players returned to give the Tigers some reserves, but goalkeeper Payton Yates was forced to leave the match twice due to hard-charging collisions.
“Her injuries (in the match) hurt us,’’ Holy Trinity coach Joey Messina said. “I appreciate how hard the team worked. I couldn’t be more proud of how the younger seventh and eighth graders worked well with our older players.’’
Ehmer’s booming shot with her left foot from 15 yards out on the right side gave the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage in the third minute.
One minute later, Yates left the game for the first time after a collision in front of the goal. She returned a few minutes later.
Maci Pekmezian’s long shot from 30 yards on the left side extended West Shore’s lead to 2-0 in the sixth minute.
Ehmer completed the powerful first-half display with a hard 20-yard shot from the right side in the 29th minute to give the Wildcats a convincing 3-0 lead.
“It’s always good to put up the first goal,’’ said West Shore coach Jenny Pazderak, whose squad improved to 16-2-3. “Then, we kept them coming. We played with a lot of heart, commitment and effort.’’
Ehmer’s header in the 47th minute in a crowd at the goal completed the scoring.
“West Shore always is a tough opponent,’’ said Kailey Dunne, a senior midfielder. “I’m proud of the way we played in the playoffs. This was a big step for Holy Trinity soccer. We don’t have a lot of girls on the team, and playing in Class 3A is a lot harder that where we were in the past (Class 1A).
“This was an awesome season.’’
West Shore outshot Holy Trinity 24-4. Brooklyn Stellato had four saves to record the shutout for the Wildcats.
“West Shore has a tough backline,’’ said Amelia Anello, a senior. “They step high and they’re fast. When I came in three years ago, we lost to West Shore 8-0. Our win on Tuesday (against Oxbridge Academy) was a strong way to end the season. I’ll remember that game and not this game.’’
West Shore will face top-seeded Lake Highland Prep at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Region 3 championship match. Lake Highland Prep ousted American Heritage of Delray Beach 2-1 in the regional semifinals.