Blessed Trinity Ends Season With Five Game Win Streak
The Blessed Trinity second grade boys soccer team ended their season on a high note, with five straight wins and a 7-3 record. Considering where the boys were at the start of the season, the comeback and progression of the players individually and as a team bodes well for the future.
The team took on St. Mel’s on Saturday, November 5 at Roxbury, Blessed Trinity’s home field. The first half started as a defensive struggle with most of the half played near midfield. Neither team had many opportunities to advance toward the goal as neither defense allowed for much movement of the ball.
Chris Tennyson started the first half in goal, and while quiet in the early stages of the first half, the game suddenly opened up offensively and Chris had to come up with one save after another to keep Blessed Trinity in the game. Ed Coyne came back to assist the defense and cleared a loose ball in front of the net just as the St. Mel’s striker was about to score an easy goal. At the 21-minute mark, Tommy Davey dribbled past three defenders then placed a terrific pass on the foot of Ed Coyne, who guided the ball into the net for the first and only goal of the first half.
The second half was all Blessed Trinity, as the boys constantly pressed the St. Mel’s defense. Luca Perrotta started the offense rolling with a shot that just missed from 20 feet out. Brian Yorke followed with a hard shot that just went wide right. The boys kept pressing, and were rewarded when Ed Coyne and Tommy Davey broke away from the St. Mel’s defense and on a two on one breakaway, played give and go with each other. Ed Coyne drew the defender towards him, then made a pass directly on to Tommy Davey’s foot. Davey beat the goalie to give Blessed Trinity a 2-0 lead.
Aidan McCormack was in goal for the second half, and kept St. Mel’s off the board as his teammates continued to press offensively. Luca Perrotta and Chris Tennyson were constantly harassing the St. Mel’s team near midfield, not allowing any advancement of the ball.
Luca Perrotta was rewarded for his perseverance when he stole a St. Mel’s pass and passed directly to Tommy Davey cutting down the middle of the field, who in turn found Ed Coyne alone on the left side of the net. Coyne, with some nifty left-right-left footwork, beat the goalie and scored his second goal of the game to make the score 3-0. St. Mel’s broke the shutout at the 23- minute mark of the second half, but the BT boys had plenty left and rode out the clock for their fifth consecutive victory.
The boys had some season; starting with practices on late Wednesday afternoons – often in unfavorable weather conditions – to opening the season with five away games. The home fields were devastated by Hurricane Irene. The team slowly came around after a slow start, but when they jelled, they were unbeatable. Next year looks promising, as the same group of young men will be a year older, and a year wiser. Many of the boys are off to the Aviator Sports Complex this week for an eight-week soccer skills program, which will enhance and develop their skills for next season.
The team consisted of Sean Hanley, Christopher Tennyson, Patrick Kelly, Ed Coyne, Tommy Davey, Luca Perrotta, Conor Regan, TJ McElhinney, Jack Galligan, James Wageman, Christopher Bellieiere, Jack Ryan, Owen Ryan, Brian Yorke, Owen Singleton and Aidan McCormack.
The boys and their parents would like to give a special shout out to the coaches, Brendan York, John Perrotta and Kevin Davey. Without their tireless devotion to the boys, none of this would have been possible. To the parents who made the road trips, watched practices, and stood on the sidelines encouraging the boys on, thank you for your support. Finally to the coaches, the team and the parents, thank you for allowing me to write this article this season. I cannot think of a more enjoyable way to fulfill my community service requirement for The Scholars’ Academy, than being around and writing about such fine young men. Blessed Trinity and Breezy Point, you should be very proud of this second grade boys soccer team. They displayed from day one what it means to be a pillar of our society. Great job boys!