After winning their semifinal game against Red Bank Catholic on Friday, November 3, Trinity Hall’s varsity soccer team will move onto the finals of the NJSIAA South Jersey, Non-Public A Tournament. The final game will be at the Monarchs’ home field at Maria Gatta Park in Oceanport at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7.
Going into the NJSIAA tournament as a three-seed, the Monarchs took on the sixth-seeded Paul IV. After a tough battle, the Monarchs pulled ahead for the 1-0 win. Caroline Ferguson ‘26 scored the only goal of the game assisted by Kailyn Fitzgerald ‘27. Sophomore Emily Venezia had 14 saves in goal to complete the shutout. The Monarchs moved on to the semifinals against Red Bank Catholic (RBC).
On Friday at Count Basie Field, the third-seeded Monarchs played against the two-seeded RBC Caseys. Last year, the Monarchs and Caseys went head-to-head in the semifinal game which ended in a 3-0 win for RBC. This year, both teams fought hard during the semifinals with the score being 0-0 at halftime. The Monarchs pulled out the win with two goals scored in the second half by Kailyn Fitzgerald and Reilly Sullivan ‘24, with assists from Maris Child ‘26 and Caroline Ferguson. Goalie Emily Venezia had 15 saves to shut out the Caseys. The Monarchs will play Princeton Day in the finals on Tuesday.
The varsity soccer team found great success during the regular season with a winning record of 15-3-1. The Monarchs have only let up 10 goals this season in comparison to the 48 goals scored against their opponents. The Monarchs are led by seniors Kaylin McCarthy, Amel Morales and Reilly Sullivan, with student-athletes from all grades making up the rest of the roster. The Monarchs haven’t let up a single goal since October 18 with two shutouts leading up to and two more in the first two rounds of the tournament. Emily Venezia has shined in the goal for the Monarchs this season and even reached the two impressive milestones of 100 saves in a single season and 200 career saves in the same game against Manalapan on October 16.
With only three losses on the season, the Monarchs have stayed consistent throughout the season. Freshman Kailyn Fitzgerald and Senior Kaylin McCarthy lead the team in scoring with 11 and 8 respectively. The teamwork exhibited by the Monarchs has been a highlight of the season with many players recording assists: Ryan Raynor ‘26 (8), Kaylin McCarthy (7), Maris Child ‘26 (6), Caroline Ferguson (6) and Reilly Sullivan (5). Their dedication has led them to an outstanding season which can hopefully carry them to a championship.
Come out and support the Monarchs in the finals against Princeton Day this Tuesday, November 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Maria Gatta Park in Oceanport!