by Street Roberts '20
Last Friday, as rain drizzled onto the muddy grass field, the Bulldogs took the field against the athletic and gritty Landon Bears. After surviving the grueling end-of-the quarter week, the Bulldogs started out slow and were outmatched in the first ten minutes. Despite the lackadaisical opening period, where the Bulldogs struggled to overcome the chippy atmosphere, the ‘Dogs fought back through sheer determination. Although many chances arose, most of them courtesy of striker Mikey Brady, St. Albans failed to put the ball in the back of the net. This all changed in the second half.
Tired, cold, and frustrated, the Bulldogs poured their remaining energy into finding a way to win. They found their way through an amazing play between junior Mikey Brady and senior captain Harry Moore. Like a ping-pong game, the ball was crossed back and forth over the box several times between the two, each time barely missing the target. Finally, on the fourth ball back into the box, a lightning-quick Lincoln Cooper jumped in front of the Landon defender and pounded the low-driven ball into the bottom right corner. His ecstacy perfectly encapsulated the relief the Bulldogs felt, and, as he celebrated with the BEEF club, the ‘Dogs knew they had to put the game away. Stout defending sealed the deal for the Bulldogs, and they marched off the field to the triumphant cries of BEEF club members, as the ‘Dogs secured the second place finish in the regular season.
Soccer plays their first playoff game on Tuesday, October 30 at 3:00 on Steuart Field, and football faces a tough matchup in Georgetown Prep next saturday. Be there or be square. Until then, Roll ‘Dogs, Roll Beef.