By Johnny Russell ’22
The Bengal soccer team sits at 1-4-1 on the season. The Tigers won their first game on the season last week vs. Covenant. Despite the rough start to the season, the players are maintaining a positive morale and are looking for every chance to improve. Third Former Hardy Connell ’23 says that team has improved and progressed a lot throughout the season. He also noted that due to Coach Kendall’s hard practices, the team is well-prepared for every game. This week, the Bengal team returns to action on Tuesday at home vs. Veritas and also on Friday at home against Fork Union Military Academy.
The JV soccer team, meanwhile, has remained undefeated. At the beginning of October, the Tigers recorded an impressive 3-0 win vs. St. Christopher’s. In the first half, Fourth Former Aidan McManamey ’22 slotted in a penalty to give the tigers a 1-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, goals by Karsten Graham ’22 and James Kirby ’23 secured the win for the tigers. However, a positive result would not come easily on October 11th at Norfolk Academy. Throughout the game, the sides were at a stalemate, not allowing either team to do much. But with ten minutes remaining, Kirby provided a spark that would not last for long. In the 80th and final minute of the game, the referee called a penalty in favor of the Bulldogs. Goalkeeper Pierce Kiser ’22 was able to save the shot, but it was the rebound that landed in the back of the net for Norfolk. The game ended in a tie and the Tigers drove 3 hours back to the Forest with their first tie of the season. Despite the unlucky result, the Tigers remain undefeated with a record of 6-0-1, and return to action on Friday, October 18th at home vs. Trinity Episcopal.