Tigers tie Hustlers on cold night at MCC


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Holy Trinity's Kailey Dunne was as bundled up as she could be during Tuesday night's game at MCC. With the windchill putting temperatures in the mid 30s, the Tigers and the MCC Hustlers tied 1-1.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The game was only a few minutes old when one of the players yelled out something that perfectly described the mood of the evening.

“I can’t feel my feet!”

With wind chills putting the temperature in the mid 30s and a heavy wind that dominated the flight of the ball, Tuesday night’s girls soccer game between the Holy Trinity Tigers and the Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers was as much a battle between rivals as it was a battle to stay warm.

As far as the rivalry goes, the game ended in a 1-1 tie with both teams able to use the wind to their advantage.

As far as the cold went, well …

“I’m wearing two pairs of pants,” Holy Trinity senior Kailey Dunne said afterward. “And I wore two jackets on top of my shirt. I guess that explains how cold it is. But it kept me warm.”

Aislin Scully scored for Holy Trinity (6-3-2) on a corner kick that hooked into the near post just after the first half water break. The Tigers held that lead into the second half when the teams flipped sides and the wind was in the Hustlers’ favor.

A Holy Trinity goal kick that blew back toward the Tigers’ goal helped set up MCC (7-0-5) for the equalizer early in the second half. The Hustlers had several more chances throughout the game, but were denied by Holy Trinity keepers Payton Yates and Skye Godfrey.

It was the second time this season the teams have tied with the first meeting coming in November.

“I’d say the wind definitely affected us,” Holy Trinity senior Julia McCarthy said. “And we do have a lot of injuries now that we didn’t have at the beginning of the season. That affected us, too.

“But we did adapt really well. We had two JV players that helped out a lot – Catherine (McCarthy) and Ava (Knight).”

It wasn’t the first varsity game for the two young players, who both did a nice job of holding their own against bigger, more experienced competition.

“I think this was our third or fourth (game),” Catherine McCarthy said. “It’s really fun because the girls are stronger, so it’s …

“More of a challenge than JV,” Knight said, finishing the thought.

For Holy Trinity coach Joey Messina, the fact that his team had to play Tuesday night was concerning given that most of his players were coming off playing in a club tournament all weekend.

“I’ve got a lot of players that shouldn’t have played tonight,” he said. “This is six games in six days. I tried to have this game moved or cancelled and their athletic director said it was important that the game be played on time.

“Honestly, we’re very lucky that someone didn’t get hurt.”

The last time Holy Trinity and MCC played, the Tigers used it as a measuring stick to see how much they had improved since last season. Tuesday night, they used it to show how they’re able to overcome adversity.

“I feel like this game was a good measurement of how we’re playing right now,” Dunne said. “(There was) the weather and the circumstances – we all had a bunch of tournaments this weekend, so we’re all exhausted.”