Athletics recap for the week of 10/4 - 10/8
The big win this week came from the field hockey team. After the prior week of strong attacks but no goals, Coach Davila emphasized to the team this week they need to finish their opportunities. The Saints came into their game against Ursuline Academy looking to get on the board early. They did so when Claire Louise Poston ‘24 was able to open the scoring in the 2nd quarter with a goal to give the Saints a 1-0 lead headed into halftime. Ursuline kept the pressure up with 12 corners in the second half and was able to tie the game at 1-1 in the 3rd quarter. The defense and goalkeeper, Piper Jenkins ‘22, fended off the relentless Ursuline attack and forced overtime. There would be no heartbreak for the Saints as Adelaide Dixon ‘22 snuck one by the goalkeeper five minutes into overtime, giving the team their first win of the season in walk-off fashion! Unfortunately the team was not able to build on this momentum and lost a physical game to Tatnall School 0-7.
The boys soccer team started the week on the road against Charter School of Wilmington. The Saints scored early to take a 1-0 lead, thanks to Isaac Lawrence ‘23 scoring on a penalty kick. The Force came back in the 2nd half and was able to net two goals, sending the Saints back to St. Andrew’s with a 1-2 loss. The team finally returned for their first home match in over two weeks against rival Tatnall School. It was a physical game, but St. Andrew’s possessed the ball on Tatnall’s side for most of the 2nd half. Unfortunately the attack could not break through and the match was sent to overtime. It was more of the same in the extra period with St. Andrew’s consistently on the attack. With 30 seconds left, a header was able to get by the Tatnall keeper before the crossbar made the save leading to a 0-0 draw.
Volleyball was looking to get back in the win column with two matches against Charter School of Wilmington and Tatnall School. The team would have to do this with a lot of the team dealing with injuries and not up to 100%. The team came out slow in the first set in both matches. They were able to find better rhythm and consistency as the matches went on. It was all too much to overcome and the teams dropped the matches against Charter 1-3 and 0-3 against Tatnall.
The football team was the last team to play before the long weekend. The team was taking on a formidable foe in Tower Hill School. The Saints started with the ball and had a successful first drive before punting. Tony Wang’s ‘22 punt was blocked, giving Tower Hill a short field. Tower found the end-zone shortly after on an 11 yard rushing touchdown and the night did not go well for St. Andrew’s the rest of the way. The Tower Hill double quarterback rushing attack was too much to stop and they won handedly, 44-0.
The cross-country teams did not race this week. Please check out this piece on their return to the starting line in almost two years (click here).