Trinity all smiles after reaching state quarterfinals

Trinity all smiles after reaching state quarterfinals

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Trinity all smiles after reaching state quarterfinals

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The Trinity girls soccer team lined up along the fence and one Wildcat climbed atop a bench to do what’s become a team tradition.

Trinity's Lanier Sanders (1), Joy Bishop and Mary Stuart Tipton (15) celebrate the win over St. James at the St. James campus in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 28, 2015.

Trinity’s Lanier Sanders (1), Joy Bishop and Mary Stuart Tipton (15) celebrate the win over St. James at the St. James campus in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 28, 2015.

A team selfie has become all the rage for the Wildcats, though Tuesday’s meant just a little more.

Trinity’s 2-1 win at St. James in the Class 4A-5A playoffs pushed the Wildcats into the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2008.

“I’m really excited for our team to be able to make it this far,” sophomore Mary Stuart Tipton said. “It’s a good opportunity for us to finally reach our goal.”

Trinity (13-8-2) will host St. Paul’s on Saturday and, with a win, would go to the state tournament in Huntsville for the first time since 2007.

Imagine the team-selfie smiles if that happened.

“It’s become a tradition, when we win,” sophomore Aliya Seebrat said. “We’ve done so many I can’t count.”

Junior Katie Chandler takes credit for starting it, coach Analyn Coker said. There are future plans for a compilation, though the Wildcats aren’t revealing exact ideas yet.

On Tuesday, Tipton — in her first game back after tearing an elbow ligament — scored the go-ahead goal off a corner kick midway through the second half.

Tipton wore a protective brace on her arm, and the tear is so small it doesn’t require surgery. Tipton also tore a knee ligament last year in the second round of the playoffs, a loss at Montgomery Academy.

“I honestly couldn’t believe I’d scored until I heard everyone start screaming,” Tipton said.

Seebrat, who missed two regular-season games against St. James with a back injury, scored off a free kick in the first half. Tessa Evans scored for the Trojans (12-5).

A third starter, junior Allie Dillard, played Tuesday despite suffering a Grade 2 ankle sprain Saturday, Coker said.

“These girls willing to play through that kind of pain is a huge motivator,” Coker said. “I’m so proud of all of them.”

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