Marr scores twice, Tigers cruise past MCC in Moreno’s coaching debut
Holy Trinity's Eddie Marr (center) and Brock Shoultz celebrate after Marr scored the game's first goal in what would be a 5-0 season-opening victory for the Tigers on the road at MCC.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Adrian Moreno had been waiting for this moment for a long time.
And on this night, in Moreno’s debut as Holy Trinity’s boys varsity soccer coach, the Tigers couldn’t have asked for a better performance.
Eddie Marr scored twice and Holy Trinity dominated play from start to finish as the Tigers opened their season with a 5-0 win at rival Melbourne Central Catholic.
“I think we played phenomenal tonight,” Moreno said. “For our first game – we didn’t have a preseason – I think they played really well. There’s room for improvement. We still have things we can work on.
“We had a lot of kids cramping tonight. I think our fitness is going to build up a little bit more, so we should be good.”
Brock Shoultz, Ryan Mozer and Lucas Dutra also scored goals for Holy Trinity. Goalkeeper James Linnabary got the shutout with the help of a back line that featured Jackson Mariani, Dutra and Ty Schrumpf.
“Those three had never played together in a high school game,” Moreno said. “They’re working hard. They’re still improving.
“Will Bell … he played out of his mind tonight. He was winning tackles, hitting crosses in and he tracked back as much as possible.”
The Tigers got on the board quickly as the ball was played back to Mariani, who passed to Shoultz, who then found Marr making a diagonal run and it was 1-0 Holy Trinity. Minutes later, it was Marr scoring again to make it 2-0.
“One of our objectives was to start the game really fast,” Marr said. “Scoring in the first 10 minutes definitely helped.
“After that, we played with a lot of confidence. Everyone really played into their own, played really well. I was really proud of all the boys tonight.”
After a goal by Shoultz made it 3-0 in the first half, the Tigers made sure there was no doubt when Mozer made a nice move to beat his man and make it 4-0. Dutra’s goal came off a long rebound.
“I don’t normally play striker,” Mozer said. “But our strikers were getting cramps and our coach decided to put me back in. He asked me where I wanted to play, and it was either left mid, or striker. I said I wanted to score, so I wanted to play striker.
“When Ed got the ball at the midfield, I saw an opportunity to make diagonal run. Ed played a perfect ball, straight to my feet. I out-bodied the defender, he fell, and I was (one-on-one) with the goalkeeper. I scored with my weak foot.”
It was certainly an impressive debut for the Tigers, who graduated nine players from last year’s team that went to the Class 1A regional semifinals.
And it was a special night for Moreno, a former star player at Holy Trinity himself, who took over the program after James Phillips stepped down after coaching the Tigers for 13 seasons.
“I’ve been looking forward to this day for three years, ever since Coach Phillips was like, ‘Hey, I’m probably going to retire at one point and you’re going to take over,’” Moreno said.
“Being an alumni and being back here again and being able to coach on this field … I used to play against MCC all the time … it’s awesome. It’s amazing. I love it.”