Walker Antonio ’19
Tuesday night, the Tigers battled against the Paul the VI Panthers under the lights in Fairfax, Virginia. In the second minute of the game, the referee called for a PVI penalty following, center back, Dylan Walmsley’s shoulder-to-shoulder foul in the box. 20 minutes after the first goal, Hugh Monsted ‘20 tapped in a ball, which was bouncing around in the box for quite some time following a corner kick. The Tigers went into halftime with the score at 1-1.
Early in the second half, captain Walker Antonio ‘19 broke away from the defense and was taken down from behind in the penalty box. Captain Max Weaver lined up the penalty kick, aimed just left of the center of the box, bounced it off the keeper, and chipped the goalie with the follow up shot. 2-1, Tigers.
The Tigers gave up their second goal of the game about ten minutes after the penalty kick. This is when the Tigers started to lose momentum, for the Panthers started to possess the ball must better and stronger. Another ten minutes passed before the Panthers added their third goal to the scoring sheet.The Tigers realized they needed to have some urgency now, but it was too late and with too little care that led to the Panthers capitalizing one more time before the game ended.
“We should have won that game,” said Max Richter after the game, “But we could not finish on the opportunities that presented themselves, and we did not pick it up until we were down 3-2. We let them back in the game.”
The Panthers defeated the Tigers 4-2 in the only “under-the-lights” game this season for Woodberry Forest.
The Tigers’ next game will be this Friday at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, if Hurricane Florence does not spoil the plans. Now with a 2-3 record, the Woodberry Forest Tigers are looking to win their first big, state game.