BY PCC STAFF
WEST POINT – The Holy Trinity Catholic girls soccer team needed three goals in the second period to get past Columbus Junction in the first round of Region 8 district soccer Tuesday night at South Park.
The Wildcats only got two shots on the night, but freshman Aaliyah Santos made one count against the Crusaders’ netkeeper Sam Pothitakis in the first half to take a 1-0 lead going into the break.
The Crusaders kept the ball on their half of the pitch for most of the game, but had trouble combining for offensive production in the first half. However, Taylor Boeding and Claire Pothitakis got things going for HTC in the second when Pothitakis fired a shot at the back side of the goal that was deflected out by Columbus’ Liana Sweezer, and Boeding cleaned it up with a tap in from the other side to tie the game at one.
Senior Maya Rashid put a shot into the top of the net after some combination work with Kayleigh Biegler through the Wildcat defense to put the Crusaders up 2-1. The Crusaders got their final goal from Elyse Pothitakis after receiving a pass from Nicole Pothitakis and placed the ball just outside the reach of Sweezer for the 3-1 lead and final score.
Head Coach Michael Sheerin pointed to Emily Box’s defense, short passing and “thunderous” long throw-ins. Box was named player of the game by the Crusaders. HTC had two shots, but nine shots on goal on the night, two each by Boeding and Maya Rashid.
“Despite the heat the girls really had the lions share of possession and shots on goal. Sam Pothitakis was rarely tested making two stops as field player and only once into her hands,” Sheerin said.
The girls play Mediapolis on Friday beginning a 6 p.m. at South Park. Mediapolis downed West Liberty 2-1 in West Liberty Tuesday night. The winner will face the winner of the Davenport Assumption/Marquette Catholic contest in Davenport on Monday at 6 p.m.
The Crusaders have one six of their last seven and have not faced Mediapolis this year.