By Luke Stone ’20
The Woodberry back line had hung tough all game, allowing just one goal. Tommy Handelsman ’21, Jack Sloan ’20, and Daniel Oukolov ’20 had contained freshman Anthony Espinoza and senior William Rissing all afternoon. Then, the prolific Paul VI goal-scorers went into overdrive.
Playing their fourth game in seven days, the Tigers’ fatigue began to show against the Paul VI Panthers, one of the most talented teams in the state. A goal from Hugh Monsted ’20 and two goals from Jake Benslimane ’22 gave Woodberry a 3-1 second half lead that would quickly turn into a 4-3 deficit.
“Despite the result, this was one of our best games this season,” Monsted said. “If we play like we did today [against PVI] when we play St. Chris, I think we’ll win.”
On Saturday, the Tigers faced off against William Penn Charter, a team from one of the oldest schools in Pennsylvania. Prior to their matchup with Woodberry, Penn Charter was 0-2, with losses two very solid squads, including one to Summit Country Day School, who has won five Ohio State Championships since 2012.
The game against Penn Charter was not as close as the one against PVI. The Tigers conceded three second half goals to fall 5-1. After the weekend, Monsted and Benslimane are tied for the lead in goals with four apiece. The Tigers will be back in VISAA State Qualifying action tomorrow when they visit John Paul the Great.