September 5th, 2018

Rocks rally to cruise past Collegiate

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Rocks rally to cruise past Collegiate
The Rocks and Titans fight for the ball / photo by Conor Revell

Trinity’s soccer team found a weakness in a Seventh Region powerhouse.

The host Shamrocks used it to their advantage and cruised past Collegiate 4-2 Wednesday night.

“Credit to Collegiate, they came out firing,” Trinity head coach Dale Helfrich said. “They had us in control for the first 10 minutes of the game. We made some tactical adjustments and bypassed the pressure a little and you get a little bit of a reward. I’m real proud of our guys for keeping their composure and getting a couple of goals that let us relaxed a little bit.”

Nolan Durbin led Trinity (6-0) with two goals while Jack Malcom and Brandon McManus each added one goal.

Nathan Barry, Drew Pierce, and McManus each had an assist.

“We came back a little strong at them after that first goal,” Malcom said. “They’re a great team and we changed our tactic quickly and focused and went 100 percent the rest of the way.”

Sixto Abraham and Will Carter scored goals for the Titans (5-2-1) and Elijah Wynder assisted both of those goals.

Carter put Trinity in a 1-0 hole when he blasted in a pass from Wynder with 32:34 remaining in the opening half.

Durbin scores the equalizer when he scored off a McManus assist with 26:42 left in the first half.

“I pass in from the left side,” Durbin said. “I kind of dribbled in and played it through to Drew (Pierce, he passed it to Brandon (McManus), and he crossed it into me. I I cut across and the ball went into the back of the net.”

He headed in a corner kick from Pierce with 24:57 to go in the first half.

“Durbin made a real nice run and kept on going with the first goal,” Helfrich said. “Nate did a good job of finding him. He was pretty much wide open. He did a great job of putting it in the back of the net. He’s more known for his defensive abilities, but tonight he showed that he’s much more capable than that”

Barry then served a pass over the top and Malcom blasted the ball into the net with 11:49 before halftime.

“It started in the back with senior captain Nate Barry,” Malcom said. “He played a great ball up as he cleared it. I ran up to it and took a couple of touches and drilled it in the back of the net.”

McManus made it 4-1 on a PK after he was fouled in the box.

Sixto Abraham cut the leas to 4-2 when he headed a ball from Wynder into the net with 31:04 to go.

Trinity kept Collegiate goalkeeper John-Harding Jeffus (three saves) busy with 10 shots.

“That was a great team we played tonight,” Durbin said. “We had to gather as a team after falling behind one goal. We knew we had a lot of time left so we banded together and said we might be down now but as long as we stay together and score and play as a team, the only thing that matters is the final score.”  

The Rocks also had three corners.

Collegiate battered Shamrock goalkeepers Will Leonard and Ryan Lenehan (three saves combined) with seven shots.

“For them, we wanted to be a little tighter on defense and be aware of their runs off the ball,” Helfrich said. “They’re very dynamic moving forward and caused us some problems early. We settled into the game and found a rhythm. We did a good job of shutting them down.”

The Titans were rewarded with three corners.


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