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CIF soccer: Future is bright for Trinity

Knights exit in first round after successful season in which they reached the CIF-SS playoffs

Posted: February 17, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy boys soccer knew it was in for a challenge in its first year as a varsity program.

But when the year ended on Thursday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to West Shores in the CIF-Southern Section Division VII first round, the Knights knew they had nothing to complain about.

“My expectations (coming into the season) were just we would come out and work hard and play for each other,” said Trinity head coach Zach Weichbrodt. “So second place (in the Omega League) and a good showing in the playoffs against a strong team was really more than I expected. We were able, based on our success, to set higher expectations for ourselves so at the end, making playoffs wasn’t a surprise. It was what we expected of ourselves and what we should have deserved.”

On Thursday, Trinity (7-7) struggled to hold possession against a talented Wildcats’ offense.

West Shores controlled the run of play but struggled to find offensive opportunities past the Trinity’s backline of Patch Kulp, James Almeida, Chase Duguid and Roberto Martinez.

“Our defensive backline did a tremendous job,” Weichbrodt said. “They dominated possession but it wasn’t until their first goal that they had an opportunity. We did a good job of pressuring them.”

The Wildcats found the goal in the 25th minute, though, to open up the scoring.

In the second half, the goals came quickly, with West Shores scoring in the 55th minute, the 66th minute and the 75th minute.

“We knew virtually nothing about them, just that they had a good season in a strong league we knew we were up against a tough quality opponent,” Wechbrodt said. “We were trying to play our game to the best of our ability and unfortunately we went up against a team that all (West Shores) strengths were our weaknesses.”

Entering their second season of varsity competition next season, the Knights lose only three seniors in Cameron Taylor, Martinez and Frankie Ceglia.

“For us, it was a great season,” Weichbrodt said. “It was our first year as a program, we took second in our league. Really improved throughout and had a lot of players show tremendous improvement. I’m pleased with our growth and maturity throughout the season.”


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