Trinity Soccer: The Results Are In!

Senior, Gabriela Escobar

Senior, Gabriela Escobar

Yesterday, November 14, 2017, the Association of Division III Independents released the names of 2017 All-Independent Women’s Soccer Teams and the Trinity Tigers made the list. First Team included Forward, Angely Mercado and Defender, Gabriela Escobar. Second Team included Midfielder, Jessica Alonso and Defender, Brenda Alonso. Tigers Forward, Angely Mercado also earned DIII Independents Offensive Player of the Year. Mercado led AD3I with 22 goals and 49 points in just nine games this season. She has been ranked in the top two nationally for goals per game and points per game throughout the season.The Tigers recorded a .500 season up from their 2016 season of .438. Coach Amy Olson is tasked with replacing 5 seniors for next seasons to fill and add to her developing team.

Posted: November 15th, 2017 under Soccer, Uncategorized - No Comments.

A Fresh Start for Trinity Basketball

Trinity huddle during timeout.

Tigers huddle during timeout.

The Trinity Tigers start their season off with a win in an exhibition game against the College of Southern MD. Last season the Tigers struggled winning only 5 of their 19 games. With the Tigers facing many of the same teams this season they plan to seek redemption.

Trinity basketball coaching staff had many difficult decisions to make regarding the game plan going into the scrimmage with #12 for the College of Southern MD scoring 41 points earlier that week and the Tigers only having four returning players to start the new season.

The Tigers proved to have the winning strategy playing an aggressive defense protecting the three-point line and outrebounding the Hawks defensively. On the offensive end Senior, Kiana Graves had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds as well as Senior, Zuri Wells with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman, Londyn Wooten also contributed a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The final score for the game was 62-59.

The Tigers travel to their first away game against Central Penn on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00PM in PA. Meet us back at home for our home-opener against PSU Mont Alto on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00PM. Pregame festivities for the home-opener will start at 5PM outside of the Trinity Center.  Follow Trinity Athletics on Twitter @TrinityDCTigers for game footage, photos, and updates.

Posted: November 13th, 2017 under Basketball, Uncategorized - No Comments.

Player Highlights

Najiyah VonHendricks

Najiyah VonHendricks

 Najiyah VonHendricks | Volleyball | Biology | Sophomore

Favorite musical artist: Lor Scoota

City or country? City

Favorite Quote: I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

Lucky number: 4

Career Path: Doctor


Bruna Distinto

Bruna Distinto



Bruna Distinto | Soccer | Volleyball | International Relations/Sociology | Senior

Favorite color: Royal Blue

Water or Gatorade: Water

Countries visited: Bolivia, Brazil and US

Superstitions you believe: None

Where do you see yourself in five years? Working for United We Dream


Posted: October 19th, 2017 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Trinity Tigers Defeated in Rematch against Washington Adventist University

JoyTrinity volleyball struggles to pick up their first win but play a competitive game against rival Washington Adventist University (Shock) Thursday, October 6, 2017. The player additions to the Shock proved to be useful in helping the Shock end the match in three straight sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-16).

However, Jr, Kenna Brooks opened up her game in the rivalry with 7 kills, 8.5 points, 2 digs and 1 block followed by Jr, Naysha Carrasquillo with 3 kills, 7 points, 3 aces and 1 block. Setter, Tatianna Marroquin helped the team stay within reach of the Shock with 8 assists, 9 digs and 1 kill.

The Tigers fought hard and have one more chance at redemption against the Shock on October 17, 2017 at 7 PM on the Shock’s home court.


Trinity volleyball will continue their season with their next home match against Virginia Union University on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 7 PM.

Follow Trinity Athletics on Twitter @TrinityDCTigers for game footage, photos, and updates.

Posted: October 10th, 2017 under Uncategorized, Volleyball - No Comments.

Player of the Week: September 23 – October 1

Forward, Angely Mercado

Forward, Angely Mercado


Player of the Week for September 23 – October 1 is Tigers forward, Angely Mercado. Mercado is from Takoma Park, MD right outside of the DC area. She studies nursing and dominates in soccer.


v PSU Hazleton G:5 A:2

v Christendom College G:2 *scored winning OT goal

v Hollins University G:4


Shelby Swann: “Tell me about your soccer career leading up to starting at Trinity?”

Angely Mercado: “I started out as a goalie in about the 3rd or 4th grade playing for the Takoma Park club team. I also for the College Park club team growing up. I played varsity all four years for Parkdale High School in Riverdale, MD which led to me getting a scholarship to play for the College of Southern Maryland where I played my freshman season.”

Shelby Swann: “So you are a sophomore on the field?”

Angely Mercado: “Yes, only two years of eligibility after this season.”

Shelby Swann: “Interesting. This week you are Trinity’s Player of the Week as well as D3 Independents Player of the Week for your outstanding performances in the past three games. What lead to these team victories and personal career accomplishments this week?”

Angely Mercado: “Teamwork! Without the team I wouldn’t be able to have the stats I have now.”

Shelby Swann: “You scored 6 goals in 1 game to earn your first D3 Independents Player of the Week and this week you scored 11 goals in 3 games to earn the same award. How do you manage to dominate in each game the way you do?”

Angely Mercado: “I just do my part for the team that’s how I’m able to perform. Of course, I practice every day and you know the skills come with the effort and practice. [Laughter]”

Shelby Swann: “When you aren’t passing three defenders and scoring on the opposing team’s goalie unassisted, you receive assists from your center-mid’s Jessica Alonso and Raissa Audrey Tseumie. How do they elevate your scoring game?”

Angely Mercado: “Perfect passes to my chest or feet! No matter where I am on the field they can get me the ball with their great skills. This is how we perform as a team.”

Shelby Swann: “I’m not sure if you know but you are nationally ranked #1/198 players by NCAA D3 for goals per game and points per game. You are also ranked #1/27 in shots on goal per game and #17/176 in assists per game. How does this make you feel to be one of the best forwards in D3 soccer?”

Angely Mercado: “To be honest I didn’t even know I was ranked so it comes as a surprise. It feels good, it’s great, but mostly surprising.”

Shelby Swann: “Well, it is well deserved. Do you think being a good scorer helps you be a better passer or being a good passer helps you be a better scorer?”

Angely Mercado: “Being a good scorer helps me be a better passer. I like to help my teammates shoot, but if we need a goal, I will go score.”

Shelby Swann: “All this with a broken hand and a cast that you often have to protect when falling. It clearly doesn’t affect your game but when does the cast come off?”

Angely Mercado: “[Laughter] I go to our team doctor October 9th to get some x-rays and to check if I need to keep the cast longer.”

Shelby Swann: The fans want to know something interesting about you. Give us the scoop!

Angely Mercado: “Um I don’t think I’m that interesting but something people may not know is that my dad is from the Dominican Republic and my mom is from Guatemala.”

Shelby Swann: “Alright. Thank you for your time. Keep up the good work!”

Posted: October 4th, 2017 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Tigers Pick Up Road Win

Lead Scorer, Angely Mercado

Lead Scorer, Angely Mercado

The Trinity Washington University Tigers women’s soccer team put on a show Saturday afternoon as they outscored Hollins University 6-2 for their 5th win of the season.

Trinity’s first score of the event came from senior, Raissa Audrey Tseumie. She took an unassisted shot over the goalkeepers head from the top left corner 8 minutes into the game. Just 2 minutes later Hollins player, Mallory Jengo scored to tie to the game.

Before halftime Trinity managed to score 3 more goals taking a 3 point lead over Hollins. Angely Mercado scored in the 29th minute off an assist from Jessica Alonso who passed over the middle leading Mercado to a 1 v 1 with Hollins goalkeeper. Mercado scored again in the 37th minute assisted by Tseumie. To end the half Senior, Bruna Distino scored off a direct kick.

In the 71st minute Hollins only scoring player for the game Jengo scored again to open the 2nd half bringing the score to 4-2. Just 3 minutes later Trinity’s lead scorer, Mercado scored an unassisted goal after passing through three defenders of a fast break. Mercado closed the game in the 87th minute with her final goal assisted by Jessica Alonso.

Trinity outshot Hollins 20-10 for the game. Goalie, Vanessa Ramirez made 3 saves and earned her 3rd win for the season in goal.

The Tigers (5-3) play away Friday, October 6th against Salem International University (3-9) at 2 PM.

Follow Trinity Athletics on Twitter @TrinityDCTigers for game footage, photos, and updates.

Posted: October 2nd, 2017 under Soccer, Uncategorized - No Comments.

3 Game Win Streak with Win Against Crusaders

Center-Mid, Jessica Alonso

Center-Mid, Jessica Alonso

Quote from Captain, Jessica Alonso jokingly said “We like to make it a close game!”

The Trinity Tigers Soccer team were up 2-0 against the Christendom College Crusaders in the 1st half when they thought the game was secure. After Angely Mercado stole a pass from a defender and scored a goal and Jessica Alonso took a pass from Raissa Audrey Tseumie to shot and score from 26 yards the Tigers seemed to relax.

However, the Crusaders cut the led to 1 with a penalty kick by Anna Solitario. Martha Blank followed with a shot from inside 18 yards to tie the game and force the game into overtime.

The Tigers ended the game quickly, 1 minute and 6 second into overtime Jessica Alonso passed to Angely Mercado to close the game 3-2.

Another overtime win for the Tigers and a 3 game win streak. The Tigers are on the road this Saturday, September 30th to face Hollins University in VA at 2PM!!

Posted: September 28th, 2017 under Soccer, Uncategorized - No Comments.

Tigers Breeze Past PSU Hazleton

Goalkeeper, Laura Lusuli

Goalkeeper, Laura Lusuli

The Tigers record is 3-3 after last night’s win over PSU Hazleton. The Tigers beat PSU 8-3.

Leading scorer, Angely Mercado scored 5 goals and had 2 assists. Most of her goals were breakaway goals from between 35 to 20 yards out. Mercado’s 4th goal was assisted by a punt from Tigers, goalkeeper Laura Lusuli where Mercado split 2 defenders to score. Goalkeeper, Laura Lusuli had an outstanding game only allowing 3 goals with 16 saves.

The Tigers did not let up in the second half increasing the lead from 1 goal to 5 goals. Dicilia Ramirez scored the last 2 goals of the game assisted by Angely Mercado.

The Tigers have turned a two game losing streak into a two game winning streak.

Come and Support your Trinity Tigers Wednesday, September 27, 2017 as they face Christendom College at 4:30 PM on the soccer field!! Follow Trinity Athletics on Twitter @TrinityDCTigers for game footage, photos, and updates.

Posted: September 26th, 2017 under Soccer, Uncategorized - No Comments.

Player Highlights: Get To Know Your Freshman

Abigail Castro-Castillo

Abigail Castro-Castillo

Abigail Castro-Castillo | Freshman | Soccer | Nursing

Cat or Dog: Dog

Favorite Pastime: Play soccer because that’s usually the only free time I have.

Favorite Song Right Now: Carry On – Wayward Son

Place you’d like to travel most: Tennessee to the mountains to hike.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I’m thinking of being a surgical nurse. I’m not sure where yet.


Jayla Thomas-Brown

Jayla Thomas-Brown

Jayla Thomas-Brown | Freshman | Volleyball | Kinesiology

Favorite Food: Pepperoni Pizza

Favorite Show: Tyler Perry House of Pain

Favorite Pro Sports Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Three words to describe yourself: Funny, Outgoing and Lovable

Best advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t give up on something you love!


Posted: September 26th, 2017 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Player of the Week

Goalie, Vanessa Ramirez

Goalie, Vanessa Ramirez

After careful consideration sophomore, Vanessa Ramirez has been chosen as player of the week. Vanessa is majoring in Developmental Psychology and is Trinity soccer’s starting Goal Keeper.

Shelby Swann: “How long have you been playing soccer?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “Since I was 5 years old.”

Shelby Swann: “Wow! What inspires you to play soccer? Do you have family member who play?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “Yes, my whole family really. My dad and brother play in the same recreational league together.”

Shelby Swann: “We picked you as player of the week, how does that make you feel?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “I was excited! It’s never happened to me before. It made me feel proud of myself!”

Shelby Swann: “Good! You deserve it. You had two stand out performances in both our games so far. With our lost to Gallaudet University and our shut out win against Valley Forge University. What lead to those performances?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “I was really nervous at the Gallaudet game. I had never practiced at goalie before the season, but once the game begun I just focused in on the game and played well. In the Valley Forge game I developed more confidence in myself and the team knowing we could play better [than against Gallaudet].”

Shelby Swann: “You stopped 66% of Gallaudet’s goals from being scored. The game could have been a lot worse. How did you do it?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “I had to self-motivate and my team motivated me, that lead to my success.”

Shelby Swann: “A perfect game how would your stats and the team stats look?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “Close to how it [the stats] was against Valley Forge. The score and stats reflected teamwork.”

Shelby Swann: “Well you answer my next question of would the Valley Forge game count as a perfect game to you. So, you had 6 shots on goal and 6 saves, how did you make that happen?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “The shots were hard shots, but after putting Gallaudet behind I knew I had to step up in the next game. I knew I would continue to improve.”

Shelby Swann: “Vanessa is a good choice. She’s a hard worker and has a positive attitude.” This is a quote from Coach Olson. I told her your stats stood out to me for player of the week. What is your response to that?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “I have to thank her for that. Amy [Head Coach, Amy Olson] and Jason [Assistant Coach, Jason Gross] pushed me and helped my development at goalie.”

Shelby Swann: “She also mentioned you were injured? What happened and how long will you be out?”

Vanessa Ramirez: “I have a chip fracture in my finger from volleys at practice. I don’t think I’ll be out long. I’ll test it at practice and that will determine if I can compete.”

Shelby Swann: “Well good luck Vanessa and Congrats on making player of the week!”

Posted: September 11th, 2017 under Uncategorized - No Comments.