After the game vs. the Eagles, the Tigers will celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Curran Blackwell (Wilson, NC/Greenfield), Nick DeProspero (Midlothian, VA/Cosby), Andre Graham (Milothian, VA/Midothian), and Chris Whiteside (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) . These four seniors comprise one of the most successful four-year classes in school history. They took the Tigers to the ODAC Tournament semi-finals as freshmen and the second ODAC Championship in team history as sophomores. Their freshmen season saw H-SC set a school record for single season wins with 16. In total, H-SC has won 36 games and counting since their arrival on campus, including 18 games against ODAC foes.
The Tigers have played strong soccer throughout the season, but luck has not been on the Tigers side thus far. The Tigers have been in nearly every single contest until the final seconds as shown by seven losses by one goal. The team is coming off an impressive 4-0 win over Shenandoah University that saw Robert Stephens (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette) post a hat trick in the winning effort.
H-SC will look to carry the momentum and the confidence boost from the Shenandoah win down the stretch run of the season. The race for the ODAC Tournament is as tight and competitive as it has ever been. Only four points – the equivalent of one win and one tie - separate fourth place from 10th place in the ODAC standings with every ODAC team having five games remaining. The determination for the eight teams that make the ODAC Tournament will likely come down to the last two days of the regular season on October 23 and 24.
The Tigers will kick off the final stretch of the season this Wednesday at Lynchburg at 7 pm. If the Tigers keep playing as well as they have thus far and can catch a few lucky breaks that have failed to go their way all season, expect the Tigers to make a lot of noise over the final two weeks of the regular season.