2012-09-28 / Sports

Blessed Trinity Ties Our Lady of Hope

By Sean Padraic McCarthy-Coyne (age 13)

Coming off a season opening loss to archrival St. Francis, the Blessed Trinity third grade boys soccer team looked to avenge that loss against rival Our Lady of Hope on Sunday, September 16, at Roxbury Field.

The team members who played were Luca Perotta (goalkeeper and forward), Pat Kelly (defense and forward), Owen Ryan (defense and forward), Chris Tennyson (defense and forward), Owen Singleton (forward and defense), Jack Ryan (forward and defense), Eddie Coyne (forward and defense), TJ McElhinney (forward and defense), Tommy Davey (forward and defense), Chris Belligerrie (forward and defense), Connor Regan (forward and goalkeeper).

Much of the action was limited to midfield in the first 10 minutes of the game. Luca Perotta making a surprising start in goal, kept the game scoreless with some magnificent saves.

At the 14-minute mark, leading goal scorer of last year’s team, Eddie Coyne, stole a pass and broke through the Hope defense on a breakaway. Eddie outran the defense and launched a shot from 20 yards out which beat the Hope goaltender for Coyne’s first goal of the year giving Blessed Trinity a 1-0 lead. The first half ended with Blessed Trinity leading 1-0.

In the second half, Connor Regan replaced Perotta in goal, and made his debut appearance as goalkeeper.

Regan immediately was tested early in the half. At the 5-minute mark Hope attempted to score but Regan’s great save kept the game 1-0 Blessed Trinity. Hope kept threatening to score and at the 12-minute mark with a scramble at the net, defenseman Pat Kelly made a great save that deflected off his face. Regan followed that play with another great save in net to keep the score at 1-0.

At the 20-minute mark, Hope, off a side kick, found a striker open whose kick hit the high crossbar of the net and went in making the score 1-1. The boys tried a comeback, with offensive chances, but could not break through the Hope defense. At the final whistle, Blessed Trinity was left with a bittersweet 1-1 tie.

As the boys and coaches look forward to Tuesday night’s practice, the forecast is calling for heavy rain and, of all things, a possible tornado. The Blessed Trinity third grade team now goes by the nickname, The Tornadoes!

The boys traveled to Juniper Valley Park to face off against Our Lady of Hope last Saturday morning. The team started the game at a distinct disadvantage, a man down and no subs, as six players were missing due to prior commitments. Hope was relentless, and with our boys tiring, scored at the 16-minute mark on the breakaway to make the score 4-0. The second half started with four of the missing first half players now at the game. The difference was immediate.

Blessed Trinity went down the field with Luca Perrotta scoring his first goal of the year to make the score 4-1. At the 12-minute mark, Eddie Coyne was fed a nice centering pass by Tommy Davey, that he kicked in off his foot with the ball still in the air making the score 4-2. Still pressing to close the gap, Hope scored at the 20- minute mark sealing the game.

This was a game of two halves, Hope dominating the first half with the boys shorthanded, and Blessed Trinity dominating the second half when they had a full squad.

Sports are full of ‘what ifs,’ and the boys were left with the feeling of ‘what if’ - if only they had their full team for the entire game.

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