Cougars Tie on Charlie Blair Field, Retain Cup
Collegiate School’s boys’ varsity soccer team tied Norfolk Academy 0-0 in a defensive duel at the Robins Campus on Charlie Blair Field, officially named Friday in honor of the recently retired Mr. Blair.
By playing to a draw in the contest, the annual Tucker-Pitt Cup, the Cougars retained the trophy, and it will be showcased at Collegiate until next season's game.
In 2011, Mr. Blair and former Norfolk Academy head coach Sean Wetmore named the cup in honor of their mentors and longtime friends, John H. Tucker, Jr. of Norfolk Academy and Macolm U. “Buck” Pitt, Jr. of Collegiate. Tucker and Pitt were, as the trophy reads, extraordinary leaders, excellent teachers and good friends.
“It is always great to play a league rival in Norfolk Academy and the Tucker-Pitt cup raises the stakes too,” said Collegiate coach Rob Ukrop. “We are proud of the way the guys competed today against a good opponent.”
Collegiate has previously won the cup in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Norfolk Academy has won the cup in 2012 and 2017, and retained the cup via a draw in 2013.
Collegiate boys’ and girls’ soccer moved to the McDonald Soccer Complex on the Robins Campus in 2011. The McDonald family wanted to honor Mr. Blair by naming the field for him upon his retirement.
“We are fortunate to play on the best field in the state and it fittingly bears Mr. Blair’s name.” Coach Ukrop said.