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Prep soccer: Trinity tries, but falls short

Despite strong second half, Knights drop league match

Posted: January 26, 2012 10:13 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2012 10:13 p.m.
 

One step down, a few more to go for Trinity Classical Academy girls soccer.

The inexperienced team is still experiencing growing pains, the latest a 1-0 loss to Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills on Thursday at Central Park.

At least now though, it’s not for lack of effort.

“We’ve had some games where we could have played a little better, but today we gave 100 percent effort and I’m really proud of them,” said Trinity head coach Christine Arnold.

Though the Knights (3-8, 0-4 Heritage League) struggled to get possession of the ball throughout the first half, that effort translated into a much more competitive game after halftime.

After being outshot 10-1 in the first half and falling behind 1-0, Trinity took advantage of field conditions and a more conservative game plan by Hillcrest (6-4, 3-1) to even things out.

Trinity senior Beth Weil consistently threw the ball into position to set up some of her team’s best scoring opportunities.
The best one came after Weil’s corner kick, which eventually bounced in front of her on the left side of the 6-yard box, where Weil then kicked it toward far post.

Eagles goalkeeper Hannah Wiseman had to make a diving stop to preserve the tie.

“I think we had some chances, but we just missed some opportunities,” Arnold said.

The lone score of the game came midway through the first half when Hillcrest’s Alexis Aguinaga muscled the ball away from Knights goalkeeper Kaeli Massetto, who was trying to scoop up the ball as it was rolling toward her.

Aguinaga knocked the ball over Massetto’s head and it trickled into the back of the net.

Other than the one miscue, Massetto and Trinity’s defense played a solid game and held its own against frequent pressure applied by the Eagles.

In all, Hillcrest came up with 15 shots-on-goal compared to Trinity’s four.

“You only have so many shots,” Weil said. “You can’t waste them.”

With Hillcrest still nursing a one-goal lead and the wind blowing against it in the second half, head coach Scott Wilcox said he decided to back off the attack mode.

“I saw that we were going up hill and against the wind, so I wanted to go a little more defensive,” he said.

The change in game plan worked just well enough, and it leaves the Knights still looking for their first league victory.

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