Tigers shutout top-seeded Edgewood to take district soccer championship


The Holy Trinity boys soccer team celebrates after winning the Class 3A, District 10 championship with a 2-0 victory over top-seeded Edgewood.

VIERA VOICE Caroline Layman

To anyone on the outside, a district championship for the Holy Trinity boys soccer team might have seemed unlikely given the teams the Tigers would have to overcome in order to hoist the trophy.

But there the Tigers were Friday night … hoisting the Class 3A, District 10 trophy.

Senior Jackson Mariani and sophomore Will Bell each scored and the third-seeded Tigers got another great effort from their defense as they defeated No. 1 Edgewood 2-0 in the title game held at West Shore.

“I couldn’t be happier with the boys tonight,” first-year Holy Trinity coach Adrian Moreno wrote in an email.

“People didn’t think this was possible when the season started. I gave the boys a mission when we had our last loss of the season, get results in these next four games and anything can happen.

“Well, they did just that and now we’re champions!”

Holy Trinity (9-4-4) will host a first-round game in the FHSAA regional playoffs, which begin Wednesday. The Tigers opponent will be determined Sunday night when the FHSAA releases the playoff brackets for all classifications.

After beating second-seeded West Shore in a dramatic penalty kick shootout two nights earlier, the Tigers took the field Friday night knowing they faced a tough challenge against the top-seeded team in the district.

But the Tigers were able to control the ball for much of the game while also keeping their composure and Eddie Marr and Brock Shoultz controlled the middle of the field.

Moreno wrote that Marr had a superb game while, “Ryan Mozer worked hard at left back neutralizing their attacks from the wing. Ty (Schrumpf) worked well to control the defense and keep formation.”

Holy Trinity scored in the first five minutes off a long throw from Brooks Taylor into the box that Mariani was able to put home. It became 2-0 with 10 minutes left in the first half. Once again, it was Taylor with a long throw to Mariani, who was able to knock the ball down to Bell who put it in the back of the net.

It was quite a night for Holy Trinity seniors Marr, Mozer, Mariani, Taylor, Lucas Dutra, Xzavier Robertson and Mark Nifakos as well as other key Tigers like junior goalkeeper James Linnabary, Shoultz, Walker Johnson, Luc Chaffiot and Schrumpf.

“In the end, we wanted it more and went for it,” Moreno wrote.