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Trinity, Einstein soccer lose in wild cards

Posted: February 18, 2014 10:14 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 2014 10:14 p.m.
 

The Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys soccer team had its share of highlights this season.

But it didn’t have enough highlights on Tuesday to get past Santa Clara High of Oxnard in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs. Trinity lost the game 3-1 at Valencia Heritage Park.

“We played well and we didn’t finish our chances and (Santa Clara) took advantage of their opportunities,” said Trinity head coach Zach Weichbrodt.

Nick Spinello’s goal in the first half was Trinity’s only score of the game and it kept the score at a 1-1 tie at halftime.

Spinello scored directly off a corner kick that he bent into the back of the net.

But a pair of defensive mistakes led to two more goals for the Santa Clara Saints (8-6-1).

“Both offenses and midfields did a good job of pressuring the ball and forcing the defensive line into mistakes,” Weichbrodt said.

But Trinity (5-12-0) allowed Santa Clara to roam around too much in the midfield and create scoring chances.

Tuesday night’s game marks the end of a season in which the Knights finished third in the Heritage League despite dealing with injuries and other issues that kept players off the field.

On Tuesday, Trinity was without roughly half of its usual starting lineup due to some of the same issues.

Still, there were standout players like senior James Almeida to hold down the defense and midfielder Michael Stratton, who led the team with 13 goals this season.

“We definitely saw some growth and were definitely able to hit some high points,” Weichbrodt said.

Note: In another CIF-SS Division VII wild-card game on Tuesday, Albert Einstein Academy lost 12-0 to Grace Brethren.

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