Trinity falls in first-ever soccer playoff game

Published 11:11 am Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Trinity Episcopal’s soccer team moved into unchartered territory Monday afternoon in the first round of the MPSA Division II playoffs.

Five seasons after starting up its soccer program, Trinity Episcopal was playing in its first-ever playoff game — against the two-time defending state champion River Oaks Mustangs, no less.

And while the Saints played gallantly for the first 60 minutes of the game, they could not stop No. 22, who scored four goals as the Mustangs remained undefeated with a 5-2 win.

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“We just didn’t show up to play,” Saints head coach Scott Hanson said. “Their first two goals were good goals.”

River Oaks (11-0) scored its first goal on a corner kick and its second goal after Trinity’s goalkeeper blocked a shot, only to see a Mustangs teammate be right there to knock it in the net for a 2-0 lead.

Kolby Godfrey cut the Mustangs’ lead to 2-1 with a goal at the 30th minute of the first half. After River Oaks scored again early in the second half, Hayden Butts scored and the Saints were still in the game down just 3-2 at the 60th minute.

Unfortunately, the Mustangs put the game away with two goals later on in the final half to end the Saints’ season. Trinity finished with a 3-8 record.

“We had a yellow card and it was just downhill from there,” Hanson said. “We couldn’t get our momentum back.”