By: D'Arcy Murphy
The Holy Trinity men’s soccer team lined up for their first matches on home turf last week. Friday’s preseason tournament consisted of three close matches for the boys as they looked to put the pieces together in preparation for the coming season.
Coached by Mr. Saulez, the team lined up against Father Michael Goetz CSS in their first game of the day. The game ended in a scoreless draw as the visitors managed to keep HT off the scoreboard.
The Titans’ next opponent was the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders. In what can be described as a competitive derby match-up, the boys were again unable to pick the lock offensively and came away with a single point after a 0-0 draw. With a chance to take the lead from 12 yards, grade twelve student, Joey Morra, missed the goal after freezing the STA keeper on a penalty.
Trinity’s third and final match on Friday saw them take on Holy Cross CSS. Grade ten student, Bryan Lourenco found the back of the net, scoring the first goal of the day for the Titans. Despite the breakthrough, the boys were stuck with another draw as the game finished 1-1.
Midfielder Juan Zuluaga noted the importance of building team chemistry early on in the season in order to get ready for the upcoming schedule of games: “We need to get more practice as a team to catch onto each others’ styles of play.” The grade eleven student added that: “the lack of chemistry resulted in a subpar performance in the tournament.”
Looking to positives, goalkeepers Joe Bossio and Tomas Tabak played well, backstopping the robust 4-4-2 formation of the Black and Gold, and conceding only one goal all day.
The team is looking forward to improving their results as the season goes on. “The ambition is and always will be to win it all, but we have to take it game by game and not underestimate any opponent,” Zuluaga concluded.
The boys take the field again on Wednesday. Go Titans!