Boys Varsity Football finally got their winning season underway when they traveled to Locarno, Switzerland October 31st to compete in the 2014 SGIS tournament.
ZIS was grouped with The International School of Zug and Luzern, The American School in Switzerland and The Leysin International School. Each team played the other, with the first place team making it to the final game on November 2nd.
ZIS kicked off their tournament against their local rivals, ISZL. It was a tough game, with both teams boasting strong defenses. Neither team could get a control of the game, with both midfields working hard to ensure the other didn’t have any time on the ball.
ISZL struck first, due to another defensive lapse in Zurich’s defense. The ball was allowed to bounce over Zurich’s defensive line and the mistake led to another communication issue that ISZL could easily pounce on.
Minutes later, ISZL doubled their lead from a long range effort that eluded ZIS’s goalie Julian Wiedmanns’ (’16) hands. Again, Zurich had let in a soft goal that came back to bite them. Zurich went into the interval two goals down.
Coach Johnston made substitutions made a difference in the game, and Zurich dominated the second half of play, but it wasn’t enough. A late goal from Senior Jerome Albert gave ZIS a glimmer of hope, but the whistle blew before ZIS could snatch another goal.
A loss in the first game made it virtually impossible to make the finals, but ZIS was determined to leave Locarno with some silverware, but to reach that goal they needed to get past both TASIS and LIS.
The TASIS game was far from easy for the boys, with TASIS making it clear they were a team that wasn’t afraid of a physical challenge. A few less than legal tackles from TASIS riled up both camps, but ZIS was able to keep cooler heads than their opponents. Goals from Axel Hakansson (’17) and Jerome Albert (’15) secured the win for Zurich.
ZIS went into the game against Leysin knowing a point would bring them to the 3rd place game. ISZL had beaten TASIS and were heading to the finals, and with the TASIS-LIS game ending in a draw, Zurich knew a point would suffice.
That didn’t stop ZIS from getting their second win of the tournament, and with that their second consecutive clean sheet. Oscar Edstam and Naoise Gallagher-Chu, the senor strike force, nodded in the goals for ZIS to book their third place game. A late goal in the other group meant ZIS would be playing their bitter rivals Basel for the bronze trophy. ZIS has bad memories playing Basel, with a 7-1 score-line fresh in the minds of the players.
ZIS stepped into the game knowing a win would be great for their moral going into the ISST tournament, and they gave a performance the whole team could be proud of.ZIS kept Basel, known as a high scoring team, to no goals and very few chances. Zurich themselves didn’t make too many chances, but dominated the game. After extra time, ZIS and Basel were tied at 0-0.
With the scores tied at 0-0, the game went to penalties. The starting XI were tired, but five brave players stepped up. Zurich took good penalties, and only Colin Bouchard (’15) missed his penalty. Heroics from Julian Wiedmann took the game to sudden death penalties, and Oscar Edstam finished the game off with a good penalty.
ZIS boys finished the tournament in 3rd place and in great form going into the ISST tournament November 5th-8th.
For three senior players, this tournament was their last. Colin Bouchard, Gustavo Cardozo and Phillip Dmitriouk made their final appearances for the school.