This past Wednesday the Boys Varsity Football Team travelled to Athens to compete in their final tournament in Division 2 ISSTs. Zurich came fully equipped, and knew that they were able to win this tournament if they could keep a high intensity.
On Thursday, in their first game, Zurich played against the International School of Brussels (ISB). Zurich got the lead in the first half by a goal by Axel Hakansson (’17). Zurich controlled the game, but in the last minute conceded a last minute questionable penalty which ISB converted. ISB and Zurich tied 1-1.
Zurich’s second game was against American Community School (ACS) Athens. Being the host team, ACS had several fans cheering them on. Even though Zurich got the first lead by Alberto Fernan (’16), they conceded another very arguable penalty. With our heads down, Zurich conceded 5 following goals in the game. Zurich was defeated by ACS 6-1.
Friday morning Zurich needed to crush Cairo American College (CAC) to play in the final. Zurich played their best football yet, keeping the intensity high and pressure on, having many shots but not being able to find the back of the net. In the second half, Alberto Fernan (’16) scored from a short corner. Zurich should have scored many more goals, but were not clinical enough. The game ended 1-0 in Zurich’s favour.
Not being able to go through due to goal difference, Zurich was now playing for 5th place. Zurich was going to play against the American School of Vienna (AISV). Vienna had a very young team, and were the first team to score through an unsportsmanlike manner in which the ball should have been kicked out of play due to an injury of one of our players. Zurich came back quickly, winning the game 1-3 with two goals from Alberto Fernan (’16) and another from Axel Hakansson (’17).
The Varsity Boy’s last game against was against Cairo American College (CAC) for 5th place. CAC was not the better team, but showed more determination to win the game winning 3-1. The only scorer on Zurich’s team was Axel Hakansson (’17) who scored a beautiful goal into the top right corner.
Alex Glansk (’18) was Zurich’s only player on the All Tournament Team.
Zurich is upset to lose their two captains Alberto Fernan (’16) and James Boakes (’16), along with their goalkeeper Julian Wiedmann (’16) and center back Jack McVey (’16) next season.
The boys will celebrate their season at Sports Awards on Tuesday.
Writing and photography by: Henrik Amstutz (’17)