With the fall athletics season-ending, it is time to acknowledge the accomplishments of all of our fall teams. More than the results themselves, we want to celebrate the growth of each and every participant in the program. We have long believed that lifelong habits of fitness, health, and wellness must be established early, with proper education and support. Accomplishing these goals on the trail, pitch, and the court allows our students to learn the value of healthy competition and fair play. It’s no surprise to us that all of our athletes worked hard to improve, and once again we saw great spirit and integrity over the fall season. Our Wolfhounds always make us proud!
Leading the way this fall for St. Patrick’s was the boys junior varsity soccer team, which finished with an 8-0 record. The team was the Capital Athletic (CAC) Conference regular season league and tournament champion. In a performance that may be unparalleled in school history, the boys outscored their competition this fall 62-3. More impressive is that they played every game not only to win but to do so the right way. The girls junior varsity soccer team finished the season with a 5-3 record and a third-place finish in the regular season and tournament. The girls defeated Westminster 7-0 in the consolation game to capture third place. The Wolfhounds outscored their opponents 26-9. The four soccer teams combined for a 22-7 record and outscored the opposition this fall 154-46.
The girls varsity soccer team also had an extremely strong season. They were undefeated in league play during the regular season and captured the regular season league championship. The girls faced Congressional School in the tournament championship and were down 2-0 during the game, but roared back in the last ten minutes of play, scoring a tying goal with just seconds left on the clock and forcing overtime. After a five-minute overtime, where neither team scored, the girls eventually lost on penalty kicks. While the tournament result may not have been the outcome they desired, this game may be remembered as one of the best in recent history. It was an amazing season, and the girls finished with a 6-2 record and outscored their opponents 43-10. The boys varsity soccer team finished the season with a 3-4 record and a fourth-place regular season finish. In what can be characterized as a year of development, the boys showed growth throughout the season, playing two of their strongest games in the latter half. The boys fell to Green Acres in the first round of the CAC tournament in a hard-fought game. The season's highlight was a 2-1 overtime upset over Washington Episcopal School.
Not to be outdone, the Wolfhounds had an excellent season on the trails. Our runners demonstrated mental fortitude all season long, learning that cross country is part physical endurance and part mental grit. The girls varsity cross country team placed third at both the Congressional meet and the Norwood meet. The girls also earned a second-place finish at the CAC league championship race. The boys also took home a second-place finish at the CAC league championship race and a third-place finish at the Congressional meet. Most importantly, the season was filled with personal bests as runners improved their performances over time.
While it is easy to recount elements of games and to log wins and losses, what is always most exciting about Wolfhound sports is the way in which our students participate in practices and games. With dedication, joy, and fair play at the core, there is much to be proud of in all of our accomplishments. Congratulations to the Wolfhound student-athletes on a phenomenal fall season! We look forward to continued success this winter.