In the early 1970s, Richard Cook helped start the soccer program at North Cross School and introduced the game to the Roanoke Valley. At the time, soccer was considered a “northern” sport, and the first seasons were played during the winter. “Rick Magee ’75 was the first captain, and our first win was over Carlisle School. Our first big win was over V.E.S., and Johnny Lester ’78 scored the winning goals,” he recalled. By the time the year 2000 rolled around, Mr. Cook was consistently fielding one of the best teams in the state, and the school sported an overall record of 322-77.