June 26th, 2014

Holy Trinity nabs second straight field hockey title

Matt Young 

Staff Writer

Holy Trinity nabs second straight field hockey title
Holy Trinity won their second straight CSAA field hockey title / photo by Sharon Hilbrecht

Holy Trinity outlasted St. Aloysius 5-0 in the CSSA Seventh and Eighth Grade Field Hockey City Championship Thursday night. It was the second straight city title for the seventh and eighth grade team.

For many seventh graders at Holy Trinity, it was their third straight city title as they capped off an undefeated season (20-0).

“This is actually our third year in a row for some of these girls,” Holy Trinity head coach Kevin Hoffman said. “For our seventh graders, it is their third straight city championship in a row.  For the 8th graders, it’s their second in three years, so it’s very big.”

Holy Trinity used dominant midfield play to gain an early lead in the second quarter. 

Caroline Liston sent a shot on goal that rebounded back to Anna Laveck who scored to give Holy Trinity a 1-0 lead with 9:39 to play in the second quarter. 

“She (Anna) was just in the right position, and she was ready for the ball,” Hoffman said.  “That’s what we preach in practice be ready and be in position, and she was there.”

Laveck was not done as she scored again just over a minute later off another rebound in the circle to give Holy Trinity a 2-0 lead.

“They came out and smacked us in the face right away,” St. Aloysius head coach Jim Masyada said. “I was proud of my girls to hold their own and fight back, and we were hanging with them.”

St. Aloysius held their own for the rest of the second quarter, but they were having trouble getting into their offense against a strong Holy Trinity midfield led by Mattie Tabor.

“Midfield play was great, but passing was great and teamwork was great also,” Hoffman said. The girls held their positions.  They played great defense, and that’s always a big key.”

“Mattie is by far one of the better players in the city. It’s hard to get around her.  It’s almost impossible,” Masyada said. “Their two keys to victory were their midfield play and their bench.”

Holy Trinity continued their strong midfield play in the second half as Tabor assisted on a goal by Tori Hill to give Holy Trinity a commanding 3-0 lead with 9:50 to play in the third quarter.

“Mattie Tabor is easily the best midfielder in the city right now for 7th and 8th grade, Hoffman said. “She might be one of the best ever.  She’s untouchable….unstoppable.”

St. Aloysius had only three subs available despite 90-degree heat making it hard to keep fresh legs on the field for Masyada.

“They have players lined up to come in so it is hard when I have girls out there dying,” Masyada said.

Maggie Board added another goal later in the third quarter for Holy Trinity, and Tori Hill finished off the scoring with her second goal of the night early in the 4th quarter to give Holy Trinity the 5-0 win.

St. Aloysius finished with five shots and nine corners, while Holy Trinity finished with nine shots and four corners.

Though it was a tough night for St. Aloysius, Coach Masyada says the team will be back stronger than ever next year.

“We had a problem this year in that we only had eighth graders, so we had no eighth graders on the team,” Masyada said.  “We will be back strong next year.  The fifth/sixth grade team won the city championship, and we will have a lot of eighth graders.”


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