Mixed bag for Trolls in opening week
Two Trinity Christian College sports teams entered the 2014 fall season with recognition from NAIA poll voters, but neither emerged unscathed from the opening week of play.
The Trolls women’s soccer squad, which went 16-4-2 and made an appearance in the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships last season, were just outside the top 25 in the national preseason poll but were among the programs receiving votes. That, however, meant nothing to Viterbo University on Saturday as it edged Trinity 3-2 in LaCrosse, Wis.
The V-Hawks tallied twice in the match’s first 90 seconds and were up 2-1 at intermission, the Trolls having sliced their deficit in half on sophomore Cassidy Bosselaar’s goal in the 23rd minute. Senior Kayla Diemer assisted on the marker.
Trinity needed only three minutes of the second half to pull even with its hosts, doing so on freshman Brooklyn Celebron’s marker, which Bosselaar set up. That deadlock remained in place until the final minute, when Viterbo converted a rebound shot into the deciding goal.
The V-Hawks outshot the Trolls 22-9. Trinity keeper Liz Schutte made six saves.
“Despite the terrible start to the game I am pleased with the effort we put in,” Trolls coach Josh Lenarz said. “I saw some very good things and I am positive about the prospect for this season.”
In his 13th year at Trinity Lenarz must replace 10 members of last season’s crew, including ace defender Bekah Gonzales. Diemer, junior forward Rachael Webb, senior midfielder/defender Brooke Ellis and senior midfielder Katie Linehan spearhead a group of 14 returnees, while Celebron, freshman defender Lilly Brummel and sophomore keeper Jesse Bultsma are the most heralded new arrivals.