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Sacred Heart claims elusive Monsignor Martin soccer title

Playing in their fourth Monsignor Martin title game in the past five years, Sacred Heart, seen here earlier in the season, finally won a title. (Photo by Jeff Barnes)
As the oft-quoted 19th century poem states, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Or in the case of the Sacred Heart Academy girls soccer team, try, try, try, try again.

After years of heartbreak on the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association championship game, the Sharks finally had their day.

Jenna Tomizzi scored the only goal of the game and Sacred Heart won the MMAA title game 1-0 over Nardin on Sunday (Nov. 4) afternoon at St. Joe’s Robert T. Scott Athletic Complex.

“It’s good to finally get it,” SHA coach Amy Drozen. “The girls have worked so hard, they were not going to settle for anything less.”

The Sharks were in the title game for the fourth time in five years and third in a row. But until Sunday, victory in the big game had been elusive — with powerhouse Nichols beating SHA in each of the last three title games.

With many players back from last year, the Sharks were seen as the team to beat all season long in the MMAA. And Sunday afternoon, they made that a reality.

After an even first half, Sacred Heart put on a flurry in front of the Nardin net and Tomizzi cashed in with the goal.

“It was great,” she said. “It was off a rebound. It was just a team effort the whole time. It was a lot of pressure, but I just kept calm, kept in front of me and shot it into the net.”

From there, it came down to Sacred Heart’s defense. And that’s good news for Sharks fans because that unit has been incredible all season long.

SHA has surrendered just six goals all year — three of those coming in the first two games of the season, and recorded its ninth shutout of the season behind standout goalkeeper Ally Dwyer.

“They say offense wins games, defense wins championships,” Sacred Heart coach Amy Drozen said. “The defense really has pulled through. They’ve done everything for us. Without them there’s no way that this season would’ve happened, much less this game.”
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