Girls Soccer – Trinity Hall’s Historic Season Comes to an End in South Jersey Non-Public A Final
Trinity Hall’s remarkable season came to an end in the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A Finals, with the third-seeded Monarchs falling, 2-0, to No. 5 seed Princeton Day.
Princeton Day scored a goal in each half, with Adriana Salzano scoring the game winner in the 26th minute off a throw in from Tochi Owunna.
Princeton day played the first 10 minutes in front of Trinity Hall goalie Emily Venezia, but was unable to get one behind her. Proving why she is one of the best in the Shore Conference, Venezia made several saves, including one that she was able to tip over the crossbar.
“She (Venezia) is well beyond her years,” Trinity Hall coach Patrick Trombetta said. “She kept us in the game in those first 15 minutes when they were going right at her. They took their best shot in the first 15 minutes and she made one great save after another. She is our MVP.”
Trinity Hall gained its composure and applied pressure on Princeton Day’s defense. The Monarchs created some scoring chances, but Princeton Day goalkeeper Shelby Ruf was in the right position each time.
“I think we came in a little bit nervous,” Trinity Hall senior Reilly Sullivan said. “We knew a lot about them because Coach (Trombetta) was previously their coach. I think it took a little fire to light inside all the players and then we came out strong.”
Sullivan was able to create several scoring chances in both halves with her placements on corner kicks, but Trinity Hall could not capitalize.
Princeton Day added an insurance goal in the 50th off a corner kick that Julianna Hartman scored on a deflection in traffic. The final 30 minutes, Princeton Day’s defense prevented the Monarchs from getting back into the game and building momentum with an initial goal.
“It was great to see some of my former players,” said Trombetta about his former team. “They are playing at a high level and I wish them well in the state finals. I am extremely proud of my Trinity Hall team and how we battled throughout the tournament. We had a tough road to the Finals and should not be disappointed with the outcome. I told them today you do not leave this field hanging your heads.”
Trinity Hall finished the season as co-champs in the Shore Conference Class B North division and made it to the South Jersey Non-Public Finals for the first time in school history.