The Varsity Girls Soccer Team defeated rival St. Paul's 1-0 off of a penalty kick by Healey Mathison to advance to the State Championship game on Friday. On Friday, they came back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game 1-1 off a penalty kick by Healey Mathison. Two overtimes and a shootout later they defeated Guntersville to win the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!! PKs were scored by Cate Stewart, Katherine Warren, Hazen Finlay and Mary Davis Bricken. Trinity senior keeper Joy Bishop was named MVP. A special thank you to our fans who made the long drive to Huntsville to cheer this team to victory.
Trinity's dynamic freshman duo delivered in the clutch and the result was the first championship in program history.
Healey Mathison scored on a penalty kick to force overtime and Mary Davis Bricklen converted the clinching shot in a shootout as the Wildcats defeated Guntersville 2-1 for the Class 4A-5A title tonight at John Hunt Park in Huntsville.
The score was tied 1-1 after regulation and two overtimes. Top-ranked Guntersville (17-2-2) took a quick 2-0 lead in the shootout, but then missed a pair of shots to open the door for Trinity rally. Bricklen ended the match with a shot over the outstretched arm of Guntersville keeper Emily Jones.
Fifth-ranked Trinity finished 23-2-2.
Play of the match: Guntersville led 1-0 and appeared on its way to a second title in three years. But a handball in the box with 8:08 left in the match set up Mathison's tying shot.
What was going through Mathison's mind before she took the shot?
'Trust my training," she said. "I just had to get it to a corner or just get it in the goal. (Jones) knew I was left-footed. I said, 'Put it where she's not expecting it,' so I put it right down the middle."
Game ball: Trinity senior keeper Joy Bishop was named MVP. She recorded six saves.
Stat sheet: Eighth-grader Katherine Warren, freshman Cate Stewart and junior Hazen Finlay scored Trinity's other PKs.. Aubri Hanner scored Guntersville's goal at the 24:26 mark of the first half. Carly Sims had the assist. Jones made 10 saves. Hanner, Sims and Yesenia Hernandez scored Guntersville's PKs.
By the numbers: 11 - Shots on goal for Trinity to Guntersville's seven; 4 - Cornerkicks for Guntersville. Trinity had none; 12 - Trinity fouls to Guntersville's 11.
Coachspeak: "The perseverance of this group, the determination .. they've had a lot of adversity along the way. They've said all along that this is our goal. We've preached, 'How do you win?' It's one goal. It just takes one goal. We've kind of survived every round. We were up one in every game. At halftime we talked said, 'We just need one to stay in this game.' I couldn't be more proud of this group; the hardest working group I've ever had. They played their hearts out." -- Trinity coach Analyn Coker
"We had a lot of young players. We had a couple of freshmen and an eighth-grader who took a PK. I couldn't be more proud of the ice water in the veins under pressure to get it done." -- Coker
They said it ... : "It feels amazing. I can't even believe it right now. I'm still soaking everything in. It's just an amazing opportunity given by God and I'm so thankful." -- Mathison
"I'm overwhelmed; I could not have done this without my team. It's just a perfect ending for my career. I could not be happier."-- Bishop