EVERETT, WA— (school release) The Trinity Lutheran College (Trinity) women’s soccer made history over the weekend with their 3-1 win over Bethesda University (BU) in the NCCAA’s regional playoff game in Redding, California. The win marks a monumental milestone for the Trinity soccer program as it earned Trinity a berth in the NCCAA National Championship Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida at the end of the month.
Trinity’s Taylor Alflen put Trinity on the board with a goal in the 40th minute. Early in the second half, Bethesda’s Linda Frias would score a goal equalizing the score to 1-1.
As the game grew in intensity, so did Trinity’s scoring chances. Trinity was able to produce several quality shots on goal. Then in the 65th minute, Tia Carrillo scored to give Trinity a 2-1 lead.
When Bethesda [University] tied it was a wakeup call. We felt that fulfilling our title dream was slipping. We made a couple of key substitutions who came off the bench and elevated the energy, one of them [the subs] scored and put the game away,” said head coach Tim Colvin.
Not wanting to let up, Trinity kept up their relentless attack. Amanda Martinez scored Trinity’s third and final goal in the 74th minute.
“I got a great pass from Tia Carrillo from the opposite side of the field, I just touched the ball with my left foot into the back of the net. After the goal we were relieved. When the whistle blew we were really excited because we proved that Trinity’s women’s soccer can compete,” said Martinez.