Tigers bounce back with dominating performance

Holy Trinity jumps out to early lead, tops MCC 6-0


Holy Trinity's Lucas Dutra (left) heads the ball out of danger during Friday night's Class 3A, District 10 game against Melbourne Central Catholic. The Tigers scored early and often on their way to a 6-0 victory.


The Holy Trinity boys soccer team turned in a dominating performance Friday night.

The fact that it came against arch rival MCC, well, that made it feel even better.

Holy Trinity scored four times in the first half, then got a pair of goals in the second from Luc Chaffiot on the way to a 6-0 victory over the visiting Hustlers in a Class 3A, District 10 game.

“I think this was a pretty complete performance on all cylinders,” Holy Trinity senior striker Eddie Marr said. “The starters went in and did their job. We scored four pretty quickly.

“Then the subs came in and just kept the level going. Luc Chaffiot came in and had a great game. Overall, I’m really happy with the performance.”

The victory snapped a three-game losing for the Tigers (4-3-2) and gave them some confidence going forward.

“What made those losses so hard is that we outworked those teams,” senior Ryan Mozer said. “We’re not necessarily a team of technical players, a team of brilliantly skilled players. We’re a team that outworks our opponents.

“To do that and lose three games that could have gone either way, it’s tough. The fact that we won this really helps us. It really helps our morale.”

Marr got the scoring going for Holy Trinity in the eighth minute when he took a cross from teammate Grayson Guedes, played it off his chest, and then found the back of the net.

Guedes would then score to make it 2-0 before the first half water break.

Once the action resumed, the Tigers put together another scoring threat. The MCC keeper made the initial stop, but couldn’t control the ball and Holy Trinity’s Ty Schrumpf was there to put it home.

The fourth goal came from Mozer to punctuate a perfect first half for the Tigers.

“I had a breakaway,” Mozer said. “Their two wing backs were up, so it was just their two center backs. Ed and I were forward. Walker (Johnson), our center-defensive mid had the ball.

“He saw I was in open space, he played me in, and Ed made a great diagonal run away from me to drag the defenders out. I took one touch toward the outside of the goal and I put it far post.”

Holy Trinity coach Adrian Moreno was also pleased with the way his team played, particularly considering the Tigers were playing with a new formation that had Marr at the top and four defenders (instead of the usual three) in the back. Not only will that help goalkeeper James Linnabary, but will also make the Tigers more attack-minded and improve their play up front.

“The boys moved the ball really well and they pressed high and pressed well,” Moreno said. “I was very impressed with the way they played today.”

The Tigers will play at John Carroll on Monday before returning home to face a tough St. Edward’s team on Wednesday.

After dominating the Hustlers, Holy Trinity hopes its got itself back on track.

“I think it’s great to have a game like this,” Marr said. “Everyone could have come out and still been down about the losses that we had. But everyone really wanted to fight back, get (back) to our winning ways.

“It was a testament to that.”