Young Tigers encouraged by their play despite 2-1 loss at Satellite

Holy Trinity's Emerson Euziere (right) heads the ball away from Satellite's Emma Pruett during Tuesday night's game. Euziere would score a goal -- on a header, of course -- but the Scorpions would come away with the 2-1 win.

SATELLITE BEACH – Playing without five injured starters is tough

enough.

Playing against a good team like Satellite can make it even tougher.

That’s why Holy Trinity girls soccer coach Joey Messina was nothing

but pleased with his young team’s effort following a 2-1 loss to the

Scorpions Tuesday night.

“This group did really well to step up and play,” Messina said. “I really

couldn’t ask more from these kids. Some of them are in eighth grade.

And seventh grade.

“It was a good day for us, honestly. They’re a young team and they

worked hard.”

Sophomore Emerson Euziere scored the Tigers’ only goal of the night

on a header following a corner kick with 23:47 to play.

Holy Trinity tried to push forward to get the game-tying goal, and

though it never materialized, the Tigers still had plenty to feel good

about, especially considering they only had 13 healthy players for the

game.

“I think we played really well,” Holy Trinity sophomore Avery

Schweitzer said. “We just have to keep working on building out of the

back and (knowing) when to press.”

Euziere, who missed all of last season with an injury, concurred.

“We just need to work better as a team and get used to playing more as a

team,” she said.

Messina, for his part, thought his young players did a good job of trying

to handle their responsibilities.

“I thought everyone worked really hard. Collectively, they did their best

to try to stick to the plan,” he said. “It was a really good team effort.

Everyone had a responsibility going into the game and I thought, for the

most part, everyone did a good job individually to reach our collective

objectives.

“I’m happy with that. I talked to them after the game and they felt like

they put in a good effort. They realized there are things we could have

done better, but it’s early. And it’s definitely early in their high school

careers.”

One of the more interesting aspects of Tuesday’s game was that it

featured competition between sisters -- Holy Trinity seventh-grader

Bella Chamberland and Scorpions junior Allie Chamberland, who

transferred to Satellite this year.

“I didn’t really get to play against her,” Bella Chamberland said. “When

we first started, I was definitely scared because I knew she could

definitely beat me. But I tried.

“I think she was scared of me because she didn’t go toward me when I

had the ball.”

The Tigers might be 0-2 on the season, but this is a group that figures to

get better and better as the season goes on, the injured players return,

and the younger players continue to develop.

“We still have a lot to work on,” Euziere said. “But we definitely have a

lot of potential.”