King Athletics was out in full force this past weekend as we celebrated Homecoming. This annual tradition saw athletes from all of our fall upper school athletic teams take part in activities and competitions on campus on Saturday, October 15. It was a perfect day. The campus was buzzing with excitement as games, races, and team ceremonies took place. There were food trucks, family-friendly activities, and fall colors all around.
Varsity Girls Soccer
8-1 over Storm King
King Girls Varsity soccer took on Storm King during Homecoming weekend. The Vikings came out strong with a goal scored within the first minute of the game by senior Avery Schwartz '23. The athletes showed a mix of effort and sportsmanship throughout a dominant performance. Goals were also scored by Sam Locker '23, Tatum Ryan '24, Charlotte Black '23, Sofia Acosta '25, Katie Ruhe '25, Emma Cordulack '27, and the first career goal by keeper Ava Angelov '25. They are 6-3-2 on the season. The team’s weekend was highlighted by a successful King Cares 5K, where the players both volunteered and ran to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stamford and Greenwich, as well as the Orphaned Starfish Foundation. Angelov '25 won the 15+ category for the race as well! The Vikings followed up with a big win over Harvey on Monday and then an even more impressive 1-1 tie on the road on Wednesday at FAA power Sacred Heart Greenwich, which was the first tie or win in 10 years against the school!
JV Girls Soccer
1-1 draw vs. Greens Farms Academy
The King Middle Field turf saw the first outside action of Homecoming morning with JV Girls Soccer taking on Greens Farms Academy. The Vikings got an early goal from Olive Miller ‘27 before clamping down on defense to earn an impressive and well-played 1-1 tie.
Varsity Boys Soccer
2-1 over Brunswick
The Vikings picked up a thrilling 2-1 victory over Brunswick at Homecoming. Zach Munno '24 continued his breakout season with a goal. The game was decided with a late second-half penalty kick by Captain Will Anderson '23, followed by an incredible team celebration. The team moved to 7-2-2 on the year and is looking to lock up the top seed for the playoffs. The Vikings then followed the win up with a statement 1-1 tie with top-ranked Master’s School on Wednesday.
JV Boys Soccer
1-1 draw vs. Cardinal Kung
The King soccer pitch was busy with another very close, hard-fought game as the JV Boys tied Cardinal Kung Academy 1-1. The equalizer was scored by Manny Villar '24. The team moves to 4-1-2 on the season.
Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Race and Senior Day Ceremony
The King Cross Country teams hosted Capital Prep and Greens Farms Academy for an on-campus race that had the students navigate their way around a course designed for Homecoming Saturday. Before the race, all of the King senior runners were recognized, and a small ceremony was also held post-race for seniors Ava Gillespie '23, Lucas Rodrigues '23, Connor Karr '23, Spencer Owen '23, Luisa Simon '23, Chloe Zenga '23, Nicole Berrera '23, and their families.
On the girl's side, Ava Gillespe '23 (25:00) came in first for the Vikings. Luisa Simon '23 finished third, Nicole Berrera '23 ran fourth and Chloe Zanga '23 ran fifth. On the boys side, senior standout Lucas Rodrigues '23 (19:28) came in first for the Viking, with Nathan Trepanier '24 third, and Will Garland '24 ninth.
Varsity Field Hockey
4-0 over Masters
Vikings Field Hockey continues to play well. The Vikings hosted Master’s and controlled the pace most of the day earning a 4-0 win along the way. Leading the way for the Vikings with goals were Olivia Mangold '25, Morgan Powell '25, Mischa Kandel '23, and Jordan Guevara '24. They are now 7-2-1 on the year after taking down Horace Mann 4-1 on Wednesday.
Varsity Football vs New York Military Academy
Varsity Football hosted a strong NYMA squad at Homecoming, and although the team put up a valiant effort, especially in the first half, a win was not in cards for Saturday. There were some impressive moments on both sides of the ball, but NYMA proved to be too much for the Vikings. The team will travel to take on Rye Country Day on Saturday before MIFL league playoff seeding and scheduling information is released on Sunday, October 23.
Varsity and JV Volleyball (Blue & Red) Teams Host GFA
All three of our Volleyball teams were in action on Saturday. Starting off with JV Blue, the girls looked much improved on this day, but came up short vs. one of Greens Farms Academy’s JV squads.
JV Red got things going in the right direction with a very dominant performance as they swept the other Greens Farms Academy JV team and got the gym and fans pumped up and ready for the Varsity match to follow. With the win, JV Red moves to 5-1 on the Season.
Varsity Volleyball picked up where JV Red left off, as the undefeated defending NEPSAC champions also played well against Greens Farms Academy varsity. With the 3-1 win, the Vikings earned their tenth consecutive victory and moved to 10-0 on the year! The packed house was loud as they watched some amazing volleyball. Thank you to all who came out to support the team. Varsity followed up with a key FAA match-up on Wednesday against an undefeated St. Luke’s squad, but shot down any hope for the visitors, sweeping the Storm 3-0! This puts the Vikings in sole possession of first place in the FAA at 6-0 in league play.
Crew Senior Day and Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston
At Homecoming, the Crew senior athletes Eli Lowe '23, Pilar Infantino '23, Ryan Abby '23, and their parents were recognized in a Senior Day ceremony in front of teammates, coaches, family, and friends. Two King Crew boats will head up north to Boston this weekend to race in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest three-day Regatta with over 11,000 participants and more than 400,000 spectators each year. King will have a women's youth coxed quad and an 8-man youth boat racing. Participants will include Charlotte Janney '24, Pilar Infantino '23, Olivia Rodriges '25, Josephine Marra '24, and coxswain Kioja Duff '25. For the boys 8, Sawyer Phillips '24, Rodrigo Costa '24, Forrest Fischer '24, Michael Failla '26, Max Wachter '24, Eli Lowe '23, Sammy Cohen '24, Tal Aluf-Medina '26, and coxswain Zach Lew '24 will compete. Best of luck to our Vikings!
For more information on the race visit www.hocr.org.