Tigers play well ‘at the right time’ in 4-0 win over Pine School to claim district title


The Holy Trinity boys soccer team defeated The Pine School 4-0 Friday night to claim its third consecutive district championship.

Viera Voice Carl Kotala

Some things never get old … like holding a district championship trophy.

“Anytime you walk away with a trophy, it’s something you can look back on 10 years from now and show your family,” said Holy Trinity senior captain Luca Campanini, after the Tigers defeated The Pine School 4-0 in the Class 1A, District 10 title game Friday night.

It’s the third consecutive district championship for Holy Trinity (15-2-2), which will host District 9 runner-up All Saints Academy of Winter Haven in a regional quarterfinal Thursday night at 7.

Joye Oni scored two goals for the Tigers. Luca Campanini had a goal and two assists and Carlo Campanini kicked the scoring off with a first-half goal and also had an assist. Goalkeeper Ricky Berthiaume had four saves, including a brilliant diving stop late in the game.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

“Three in a row – fantastic,” Holy Trinity coach James Phillips said. “The boys have worked hard. It’s not like we showed up today and won the game.

“They’ve really (worked hard) all preseason and during the season, and it’s good because that’s the best we’ve played at the right time. I mean, Pine School’s a good team. For us to put on that performance in the final, it looks good for the next couple of rounds.”

That would be good for the Tigers, who still remember last season’s loss in the regional quarterfinals all too well.

The loss stuck with the players throughout the offseason and they came into this year determined to make a run at a state championship.

If Friday night was any indication, the Tigers are focused and ready to step up to that challenge

Carlo Campanini got things started with a goal off a corner kick from his older brother, Luca, Then, after Oni scored the first of his two goals, Luca delivered a perfectly-placed free kick from 40 yards out into the back of the net.

“It was kind of ironic, because earlier in the season – at their home field – I hit the exact same free kick (from) 40 yards (for a) 1-0 win,” Luca Campanini said. “I think tonight, the boys really pulled it out, got a good win out there.”

Phillips said it was the best the Tigers have played all season.

“Defensively, they were first and determined to every ball, so that definitely helped,” the coach said. “It was a really good, fun night.

“I would say the seniors stepped up, but there are 13 of them. But they all got out there, they all played. It was a real special night.”

Those 13 seniors – Alex Hernandez-Pryszlak, Barrett Hess, Brandon Boyd, Gabriel Soh, Luca Campanini, Joshua Moisand, Justin Ganiban, Matt Austin, Jore Oni, Joye Oni, Nico Rousseau, Noah Benjamin and Berthiaume – aren’t about to let up now.

After all, this is the time of year they’ve been building for all season.

Time to let it rip.

“I think we’re in third or fourth gear and I think we’ve got a couple more gears to us that we can definitely step it up,” Luca Campanini said. “In a big game, I think we can pull it out.”