Tigers pull out a win for second straight night

Muniz makes 18 saves as Holy Trinity tops Satellite 7-5


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Holy Trinity senior Aida McClatchey (No. 4) works against Satellite's Nicole Whitney during Thursday night's girls lacrosse game. With the game tied 5-5 in the second half, the Tigers scored in the final 16:41 to win the game 7-5.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

After seeing her team play – and win – a pair of tough games on back-to-back nights, Holy Trinity girls soccer coach Sarah O’Connor learned a little something about her players.

“It says they’re in better shape than I thought,” O’Connor said with a smile. “And that they can really start communicating, seeing where they’re having problems and adjust, which is huge for knowing they have good field IQ.”

Locked in a 5-5 tie with Satellite in the second half, Holy Trinity sophomore Mary Durkin scored with 16:14 remaining to put the Tigers in front. Sophomore Nicole Grillo scored 10 minutes later and Holy Trinity was able to come away with a 7-5 victory in a Class 1A, District 8 matchup.

Sophomore goalie Bella Muniz came up big repeatedly for Holy Trinity (3-2) and finished the night with 18 saves.

Junior Blair Agee led the Tigers with three goals. Senior Charlotte Varnes and junior Hope Valenti also scored. Varnes and eighth-grader Shelby Reeve both had two assists.

A night earlier, Holy Trinity defeated Melbourne Central Catholic in a game that was tight throughout until the Tigers were able to pull away for a 15-7 victory.

“It was the same way this game was,” senior Angelina Berthiaume, one of three co-captains on this year’s team, said.

“We stayed tied until probably (the last) eight minutes, when we really kicked it into gear.”

While the Tigers were certainly tired after that long game, the fact that they were able to come back and grind out a win against the Scorpions says a lot about the team’s character.

 “It’s definitely been a little difficult,” Varnes, another co-captain, said of the back-to-back games.

“The refs have been allowing a really pushy style of play. We’ve had a lot of players get knocked to the ground in the last two days, but we’re really glad that we’ve been able to pull it off despite all that.”

Holy Trinity won’t have to wait long to see Satellite again.

After travelling to play Eau Gallie on Wednesday, the Tigers will play the Scorpions (3-2) at their place next Thursday.

If their current form holds true, the Tigers should be even more dangerous by the time that game at Satellite comes.

“I think every single game the team gets a lot better,” senior co-captain Aida McClatchey said. “We’re really bonding a lot.”