LOWER ALLEN TWP. — Trinity came out quickly and made sure there was no chance for a long shot upset Monday night as it pounded Twin Valley 18-1 at COBO Field in the opening round of the District 3 Class 2A tournament.
The Shamrocks will return to COBO Field on Wednesday to play in the quarterfinals against seventh-seed Lancaster Country Day, which edged Ephrata on Monday.
“I told the boys that I really couldn’t find any fault with their effort tonight after the game,” Shamrocks coach Dave Heisey said. “We had a great game plan and knew what they wanted or liked to do, especially with No. 14 [Zach Gardner]. When things aren’t going well, they seem to look for him and we did a great job of shutting him off.”
Second-seed Trinity (15-2) jumped out quickly, with freshman Drew Godfrey tallying two goals 19 seconds apart in the first 90 seconds of the game. Godfrey did an excellent job of sneaking into the crease and his teammates —Lance Smith on the first marker and Patrick Swade on the second — did a nice job of finding him.
Twin Valley (8-10, 15th seed) had four shots in the opening quarter but Shamrocks keeper Josh Miller was up to the task on all four. None of the shots came from the crease area.
The second quarter was similar as the Shamrocks passed and cut while the Raiders were stationary in the offensive attack. Trinity tallied six goals while allowing one power play goal by the Raiders’ Matt Olkewicz, the only tally of the night by the Raiders.
Godfrey scored nine times in the contest and was helped by fellow freshman Mike Coleman, who added a hat trick.
“When they came out and appeared to be focused on Patrick Swade, we knew that Godfrey and Coleman were going to have a big day,” Heisey said. “I have played and coached for a long time and I have never seen a kid like Godfrey. He is going to be unstoppable when he gets some weight and size on him, like his brother. Coleman on that opposite side just works tirelessly to find that crease.”
Trinity led 11-1 at the half and added four quick goals in the opening three minutes of the second half to put the game into the mercy rule.
“We knew they had some very good offensive players and a solid defense,” Raiders coach Jack Morrison said. “We definitely didn’t get the start we wanted and when they were able to get loose-ball rebounds and pick up loose balls in the crease and score on them, it makes it tough on your team. Those are the kinds of plays that come back to bite you later in the game.
“We are still a club team and if someone would have told us in March we would win eight games and beat our rivals and make the playoffs, most of us would have looked at you funny.”
Swade had three assists and a goal, and Godfrey and Smith each added two assists.