The Trinity Titans returned home from their weekend tournament in Springfield to get back on the winning track with a 3-0 shutout of Class 1 Valley Park. The Titans wasted no time with So. Jimmy Doherty scoring his fifth goal of the season in the second minute of the match. Jr. Tyler Schonhoff joined him in the scoring column in the 9th minute when his efforts to dribble past the defense came to fruition with an attempted clearance being knocked down and then hit past the keeper from 10 yards out. Trinity Titans Shut Out Valley Park Hawks
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Schonhoff got his brace midway through the first half when a throw-in was followed by a pair of passes, the last one finding him in full stride towards the goal with a simple finish as he got past the last defender.
The Titan’s played in a 4-2-3-1 with Schonhoff up top. He’s got a nice combination of skills to go with pace and tenacity as he battles for every ball. While Jr. Tommy Sontag joins Doherty in the defensive midfield, So. Austin Franklin is the key offensive hub at attacking midfield. Credited with assists on both of Schonhoff’s goal, he leads the Titans with 10 goals and 6 assists.
The Titan’s are currently ranked #3 in the State Coaches poll but that is likely to drop after last weekends results. Participating in a new tournament hosted by #1 Springfield Catholic that drew small school Catholic programs from across the state, Trinity lost 0-5 to #14 St. Pius X and 0-2 to St. Michael (formerly O’Hara). Thus Wednesday’s win was an important step to getting back some mojo as they establish themselves in Class 2 this year. They ended up in a very difficult District that includes St. Charles West, tied with them at #3 in the State Poll as well as Orchard Farm and Duchesne. After seeing Orchard Farm last week, that game will be a battle. October 12 at Orchard Farm.
Valley Park has a pretty good team as well, especially when placed in context with their Class 1 peers. They are playing a strong schedule of Class 2 programs and on Tuesday beat #7 Maplewood-Richmond Heights who have been a strong contender in Class 1 the past few seasons. They’ve got some key elements to be competitive at keeper, a strong central defender and a couple of midfielders (on the wing The boys came out intent on winning more 50/50 balls in the second half and it had a positive impact as they held Trinity scoreless during the period. Their key player is #11 Adam Donnell who had two shots go off the crossbar in the first half for the Hawks. He moves between forward and central midfield depending on the team’s needs. Luke Sieges also moves between forward and midfield and again points to the Hawks skill level.
Valley Park captured the District title last year, losing in the 2nd OT to Sacred Heart in the Quarterfinals. Sacred Heart went on to reach the Final. I’d say they deserve some votes in the next Coaches poll if they show well against Brentwood and Crossroads this month. I’ll be watching.