Saturday, October 5, vs Miller, Holy Cross, Hargrave
Enjoying the year’s first batch of fall weather and the company of parents, family and friends, the girls and boys cross country teams raced to victory on the 5km layout at the Presbyterian Home on Saturday. The day featured a special group of VES runners, seniorsThomas Cook, Josh Buckley, Daniel O’Brien, Gray Langston, Pierson Van Trigt, and Max Wieboldt, all representing VES for the last time at home.
The girls toed the line first in a race that saw several lead changes between Miller, VES, and New Covenant runners. It was freshman Morgan Scott, running a 1:29 PR that anchored the team performance. Morgan competed hard from the gun, made a key pass late in the race, and was the second Bishop across the line.
The boys were next to the start line. VES claimed the top eight spots in the race, with the performance of the day going to senior Josh Buckley, who took the third spot for VES. Buckley ran close to his season best on the most challenging course the harriers have run on to date. His race was part of a fine team performance for the Bishops.
Saturday, October 5, vs St. Anne’s Belfield
The Bishops fought hard on their Homecoming and Senior Day, but came up short, losing to St. Anne’s Belfield 36 – 69. In the first quarter, the Bishops were down 37 – 8, but behind the momentum of fans and parents in the crowd, they rallied back to close the St. Anne’s Belfield lead 37 – 22. The Bishop’s defense held their opponents to 0 points in the second quarter while the offense piled on some points. Tanner Nau totaled 391 passing yards on 3 touchdowns. Dylan James had a huge game catching 8 passes for 134 yards and 1 touchdown, he also returned a kickoff for 52 yards. Piercen Young added to his season stats with 16 catches for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns. Joshua Staggers led the offense running the ball with 16 carries for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, the Bishops were rallying behind Senior Captain Nana Kofi who had 4 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, and fumble recovery.
Special recognition to seniors, Ethan Butcher, Huntley Davenport, Reilly Holleran, Dylan James, Ebube Mbulu, Nana Kofi Obeng-Mensah, Neguens Ovincy, Sunny Sang, Joshua Staggers, and Aubrey Wall who played their last regular season home football game at VES. The Bishop community truly appreciates their time, effort and the commitment they have put into the football program here. Their leadership and presence will be missed next season.
Tuesday, October 1, vs Fishburne
Despite the long ride, the Bishops came out on fire with a goal in the first minute from junior, Travis Jones. His goal was assisted by Cole Workman who gave Jones little to do but tap it home. The second Bishop goal came only minutes later when a shot from Ope Abegunde deflected off a defender and into the net. The scoring continued in the 11th minute when Cole Workman scored on a solo effort. The remainder of the half was dominated by VES.
In the second half, it looked as though the Bishops would be comfortable winners with the team's fourth goal being scored by Cole Workman (assisted by Drew Tompkins). Unfortunately, the clean sheet would not stand because Fishburne converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute. Five minutes later, the doubts continued to creep in as Fishburne were awarded another spot kick and converted it. The Bishops regained their composure and attacked with more urgency. That pressure caused a Fishburne defender to score an "own goal". With only seconds left, David Basnight shot a free kick into Fishburne's wall. The deflection came directly back to Basnight who fed the ball through to Esteban Arcila Hijuelos who put home the final goal in the final moment.
Coach Huryk said, "Games like these have so many positives and negatives. We were able to get playing time for a lot of people which is a great opportunity. Some people put in hours of practice but do not get regular game minutes. It is the nature of the beast at the varsity level. While I relish that chance to spread out the opportunities, lopsided affairs like this can bring out the worst in people on both sides. The team taking a beating can feel justified in getting overly physical to exact some form of retribution. We saw a good amount of that today from the beginning. On the flip side of that coin is the tendency for the leading team to focus solely on scoring and toss out the principles that are proven to produce results. That also happened today. Maintaining focus in the best and worst of times is something that we all need to work on."
Thursday, October 3, vs Covenant
The heat of the day was palpable but it was matched by the excitement of the game. In the first half, the Bishops were able to create many impressive attacks. Freshman, Tae-In Kim, was especially dangerous down the right hand side. Eventually, VES broke the deadlock on a deflected shot that found the back of the net. Drew Tompkins shot toward goal but Cole Workman deflected it and the ball curved around the keeper for the score. Covenant was able to equalize through a quality strike from outside the box. The first half ended level. In the second half, both teams tried to exert their offensive dominance by throwing greater numbers forward. Cole Workman had a great chance to put the Bishops ahead when he brought down a cross behind the defense but shot the ball high. The VES midfield was consistently looking to break through for the killer pass to put their team ahead. In the end the Bishops were undone by a momentary lapse of focus. A free kick was awarded outside the Bishop's box and it was taken quickly by Covenant who scored. Although they had lost the lead, the Bishops refused to give up until the very last moment. Coach Huryk said, "We are learning all of our lessons the hard way this year. It was great to see the boys fully committed to the team concept. Although the result is not what we wanted, the effort and commitment that the boys produced were exactly the levels that we knew that we were capable of. Covenant is sitting in first place in the conference right now and we gave them a real test. As we get closer to tournament play, I don't envy anyone who has to face us because in a one game scenario, we're dangerous."
Friday, October 4, vs Stonebridge
The Bishops took time to honor their seniors before the match with Stonebridge. Parents and teammates focused their attention on the accomplishments and future plans of Josh Buckley, Drew Tompkins, Alex Showalter, Javi Cervera, Steve Ntare and Lawrence Gao. After the ceremony, the Bishops changed their focus to dismantling the defense of Stonebridge.
The men from VES made a quick start to the game as Josh Buckley, assisted on a goal by Drew Tompkins, scored in the seventh minute. Ten minutes later Tompkins was able to the double the lead by finishing off a great team combination down the right flank with Mercer Pringle supplying the assist. The Bishops were truly buzzing at that point as the chances kept coming. Pringle went from supplier to finisher as he found the net for the fourth time this season with assist going to Cole Workman. In the 27th minute of the game, Workman was able to increase the lead by scoring on a pass from Josh Buckley. Sophomore Alex Nguyen scored his first goal of the season in the 35th minute as he was fed the ball by senior, Lawrence Gao.
At the half, the Bishops decided to focus on a few key objectives. None was more important than maintaining a blank slate in the "Goals Against" column. Having a large lead in the past had caused a bigger ego from the Bishops, but not on this day. Despite several changes in personnel and positions, VES was able to hold Stonebridge scoreless through the entire game. Cole Workman scored the lone goal for the second half. Despite the small second half goal tally, the Bishops were very impressive in their possession and focus on the task of maintaining the clean sheet. Both goalkeepers, Harry Cook and Travis Jones, were called upon a minimal number of times.
Coach Huryk said, "It was a complete performance for the boys. We've been in this position before and lost sight of the task at hand in search of personal glory. Today we were impressive in every possible way. Our attack was vibrant, our defense was stingy and ALL of our players contributed something to the victory. It was great to see us have a complete performance. The boys should be extremely proud of themselves. Not just for the victory today but how they dealt with the difficult situation of playing four games in one week. Losing the one game against Covenant stung quite a bit but we're better for it. The team has grown together through adversity and I give us a chance against anyone in a one game situation. We've started playing for each other and that makes us dangerous to opponents.
Tuesday, October 1, vs Chatham Hall
How fitting that on "toga day" (of Spirit Week) when so many of our young ladies strolled the campus looking like Greco-Roman goddesses, that they should PLAY like goddesses as well!
Our season-long, battle-tested top 6 won all 6 of their matches by an aggregate score of 48-2. With the team win secured, the Bishops tried out some new doubles pairings against the Chatham Hall starters: Emma Mitchell and Chloe Xiang (our #8 & 9 players) played at #1 doubles and nearly toppled the #1 and #2 Purple Turtles duo! Down 1-6 Chloe and Emma rattled off 4 straight wins (and rattled their opponents) but eventually succumbed 5-8. For her stellar play and volunteering to stay after the match and clean up, Emma Mitchell is the MaxPreps "Player of the Match"! Nan Garrett and Kirstin Foster took on the #2 pair and picked up a nice 8-4 win. Jana Yan and Angela Song played a solid #3 doubles and walked away with an 8-2 win.
On the exhibition side, Grace Morales and Gabriella Yu won at doubles 6-2, Taylor Norton won at singles 6-1, and Mary Farrell Chafin put up a heck of a fight - many deuces - against the Chatham Hall top singles player before dropping a 2-8 decision.
Tuesday, October 1, vs Miller
The Bishops came out firing strong lead in the first game. Miller chipped away at the lead steadily to take game #1 to 25-17. VES was down one game to nothing, but did not let that get them down and came out with a serving run of 6 in a row to take a commanding lead. This lead held strong as the Bishops took game #2 25-15. This led to a 15 point 3rd set in which the teams both traded points to the end but Miller came out on top 16-14.
Friday, October 4, vs Stonebridge
On the heels of some strong play from the faculty and Miller games, the Bishops faced a power in Stonebridge. The team played their hearts out with strong performances from Turner Thompson and Maggie Zhang. However, Stonebridge proved to be too strong and took the day 2 games to 0.