Friday, January 27, 2023

Walsingham Academy had a Little More to Celebrate this Thanksgiving — State Championships

(Courtesy of Walsingham Academy Athletics)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Walsingham Academy Trojans had a little more to celebrate than just turkey and stuffing this Thanksgiving as the school’s boys soccer team won its State Championship match against Wakefield in a hard-fought 3-2 victory at City Field in Richmond.

The win marks the Trojan’s first-ever state title.

According to a release Walsingham Academy Athletics, after a scoreless first half, Wakefield opened the scoring five minutes into the second.

Walsingham’s Ethan Hayes countered with a goal a few minutes later, converting on an assist from Will Patterson. With 20 minutes remaining, Keith Cardenas was fouled in the box. Hayes converted the penalty to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead.

Will Patterson scored the final goal for the Trojans with five minutes remaining off an assist from Danny Vantran. While Wakefield scored late to close the gap, it fell short with the final score 3-2.”

Walsingham Academy noted this is the school’s second state championship this year, with the boys cross country team taking home the program’s first VISAA XC CHampionship at Woodberry Forest, with six runners earning All-State honors.

“I am so proud of our young men for fulfilling our standards and getting it done,” Walsingham Academy head coach Brendan Cook said in a news release. “Seniors Ethan Hayes, Keith Cardenas, Roland Tilk, as well as juniors Will Patterson and Cooper Bailey, set a very high bar for themselves and they would not let each other down. The process-driven, positive culture that they have helped create within Walsingham soccer is a testament to those boys’ character and the scoreboard took care of itself.”

For more updates and information from Walsingham Academy Athletics, visit the school’s website.

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