Walker Antonio ’19
This Tuesday, The Covenant School traveled to play our Woodberry Tigers on the turf of Gillespie Field. Coming back from a two-goal deficit, the game resulted in a 2-2 draw.
The game was back and forth for the majority of the first half, but in the 43rd minute, Covenant rocketed a volley from outside the goalie box into the top right corner of the goal. Fifth-form goalie Zach Woods had no chance to save it. It was 1-0 at halftime.
The half started to pick up for the Tigers with multiple crosses and good, quick passes from wingback sophomores Charlie Ferrari and Tommy Handelsman. Despite the Tigers valiant efforts, Covenant was able to score on another corner kick. This was the second shot though, for the first shot went over the keeper Woods but was saved and headed away by forth-former Meade Seay. Tigers were then down 2-0.
In the final ten minutes, fifth-former Jack Sloan had a big throw-in that reached the far post of the goal where Max Richter shot and was deflected to a waiting Seay to tap it in for the Tigers’ first goal. The score was 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining. With time winding down, Walker Antonio was able to get a cross in that resulted in a hand-ball in the box and red card for the Covenant defender. Richter stepped up to the challenge and was able to tie the game for the Tigers in the final minutes of the game.
“We need to be more positive with one another,” Woods said after the game, “The only reason we started playing well in the end was because we were having fun with one another and had a sense of urgency.”
The Tigers have a young team this year that needs improvements, but they are slowly putting it all together. They now improve their record to 2-4-1 on the season, and they will play Episcopal High School this Friday at home.