By Luke Stone ’20
Hugh Monsted ’20 and Assistant Coach Ty Adams had watched short corner kick plays for a half hour on a study hall-free Friday night on Turner. In the 43rd minute against North Cross on Saturday, Tiger fans saw why.
In front of a packed crowd of parents who had made the journey to the Forest for Fifth and Sixth Form Parents’ Weekend, Monsted, Meade Seay ’21, Johnny Russell ’22, and Jack Sloan ’20 combined for what was nothing short of a glorious corner kick delivered to Sloan on the back post. As he always does, Sloan won the header and gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead against VISAA Division 2 opponent North Cross, an independent school in Roanoke.
The victory was an important one for the 11th-ranked Tigers. Not only was it their fourth in a row, but it also came against North Cross, whose head coach is the Chairman of the Division 1 Boys’ Soccer Championship Committee that will rank the Tigers in the VISAA State Tournament, should they qualify.
Sloan’s beautiful header was the second of the Tigers’ five goals. Seay scored earlier on a quasi-assist from Monsted, whose shot trickled through the keeper’s legs as Seay sprinted on not, Sloan slotted his second of the afternoon on an assist from Tommy Handelsman ’21 just before halftime, Jake Benslimane ’22 chipped the keeper for the fourth goal of the afternoon, and Owen Pudsey ’20 capped off the Tiger ambush with a shot from outside the penalty area late in the second half.
Woodberry faces one of its tightest turnarounds this month, as they will be back in action again on Monday at 4:00 PM against the No. 4 Collegiate Cougars. Monday’s tilt will be a solid litmus test for the Tigers, as the Cougars drew with arch-rival St. Christopher’s back in September. The Tigers, of course, will play their final regular season game against the Saints on October 25th.