Holy Trinity captures 3rd consecutive girls soccer district title

Rydson, Morgan each score 2 goals to lead Tigers to victory


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The Holy Trinity girls soccer team has now won three consecutive Class 1A, District 3 championships.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

This time, it would be different.

This time, it was for the championship.

So when the Holy Trinity Tigers faced St. Edward’s of Vero Beach for the Class 1A, District 10 girls soccer championship – with their full lineup available – the wasn’t much doubt about which team had the upper hand.

The Tigers scored early and often on the way to a 6-2 home victory to claim their third consecutive district title.

“I thought we did very well,” Tigers coach Dean Flexton said. “I wasn’t sure how St. Ed’s was going to be, how they were going to line up, but I was very confident we would win.”

Summer Rydson and Emily Morgan each had two goals and two assists for Holy Trinity. Kate Elstun had a goal and an assist. Tera Carroll had a goal and Kailey Dunne added an assist.

Holy Trinity will host District 9 runner-up Fort Meade Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Class 1A regional quarterfinal.

Once again, they should have a full lineup, unlike their previous two meetings with St. Edward’s in which the Tigers were missing several key players. Holy Trinity lost the first matchup and tied the second with St. Edward’s, which gave the Tigers plenty of motivation Friday night.

“Before the game, I think the whole team was nervous, but we were really excited that we were all together, so we were more motivated to win,” Rydson said. “… Usually we play and we’re not really into it as (much as) we should be, but tonight we came out and put our hearts on the field and played the best we could.”

Morgan, team’s top scorer, said a big key to the game was that the Tigers were able to dominate the ball.

“I think we possessed the ball a lot more,” Morgan said.  “We usually just play a long ball game where we run on to it, but we possessed it more (tonight) and it helped us.”

The Tigers are hoping to make a long postseason run.

“As long as we play hard and do what we did tonight, we should get: really far,” Rydson said.