Shore Conference Girls Soccer Friday NJSIAA Scoreboard, Nov. 3
NJSIAA Sectional Semifinals
South Jersey Non-Public A
(3) Trinity Hall 2, (2) Red Bank Catholic 0
Trinity Hall scored two goals in the second half to defeat No. 2 RBC, 2-0, and advance into the SJNPA finals for the first time in school history. This also marked the first time Trinity Hall defeated RBC in the school’s history.
Trinity Hall came out in the second half more aggressive after the Caseys had the better of play in the first half. The Monarchs broke the scoreless tie in the 53rd minute, when senior Reilly Sullivan one-touched a ball played by sophomore Caroline Ferguson into the middle of the box.
“Reilly was huge for us today,” Trinity Hall coach Patrick Trombetta said. “Scoring that first goal was a momentum-changer and I saw confidence build throughout the second half. She has been a tremendous leader for us the entire season.”
RBC had several chances to create scoring opportunities and score the equalizer off free kicks, but Trinity Hall’s defense was able to clear the ball out of danger each time. Sophomore Emily Venezia also came up with several saves in the second half to post her 12th shutout of the season, but the Trinity Hall defense prevented RBC from any good looks at the goal.
“No one thought we could get this far, but we knew we could,” Sullivan said. “It means so much to beat an extremely talented RBC team for the first time in our school’s history. Our defense has been amazing the entire season. Bella Anzevino and Grace Green anchor our defense and deliver game after game.”
Trinity Hall sealed the game with two minutes remaining when freshman Kailyn Fitzgerald received a ball from Maris Child on a counter and beat the defense to make the game 2-0.
Trinity Hall will host No. 5 Princeton Day on Tuesday in the South Jersey Non-Public A Final. Princeton Day is Trombetta’s former team, coaching there for 14 seasons that included one county championship and eight prep titles.
“It is a bit ironic going against my former team in the sectional finals,” Trombetta said. “Their senior group were talented freshmen my final year and it’s no surprise to me to see their successful high school careers and reaching this stage.”
(5) Princeton Day 0, (8) St. John Vianney 0 - Princeton Day advances on penalties, 5-3