Varsity Girls Soccer Takes 2nd at ISSTs


action shotThe Varsity girls headed to London on Wednesday to take part in the International Schools Sports Tournament (ISSTs) tournament at Hillingdon International School (ACS).

On the first day the girls came out with a tie, 2-2, against the American International School of Vienna. Both goals scored by Emma Bodlund (’17). It was a tough game, the girls were ahead 2-0, however unfortunately AIS scored two lucky goals in the last minute of each half.

Determined to win the second game, the team came back fighting with more energy than ever against American School of Paris (ASP). The hard work payed off and the girls won 2-0. Fiona Nauer (’17) and Myriam Meijer (’19) both scored. There was some great defending done by Lauren Best (’17) and Georgina Bielenstein (’17).

It was a bright and early start on the second day. The first game of the day was against the hosting school, ASC Hillingdon, the team survived the harsh English weather, which was to their disadvantage. Zurich came out intimidating their rivals with a 4-0 win. Maria Marschalik (’17) scored 2 superb goals,followed by amazing goals from Maja Krass (’16), Fiona Nauer (’17) and Elvira Zetterberg (’18). Magdalena Bodlund (’18) and Tamsyn Forrest (’17) ran lots in the midfield trying to keep the ball out of their half.

The second game of the day was against St Johns, Brussels, who moved down from Division 1 last year. The girls knew that this would be one of the hardest games of the season. If the girls were to win this game they would secure a spot for the 1st and 2nd place playoffs. By the end of the first half it was looking downhill for ZIS who were behind by two goals. However the Varsity girls are not your average girls, they wanted this win more than anything!

Maria Marschalik (’17) scored a powerful goal which gave the team hope. This was followed by two terrific goals from Emma Bodlund (’17). Zurich was fighting, but St Johns did not let down their guard tying the score 3-3 by the end of the game.

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This proceeded into 20 minutes of extra time. The girls now red faces were determined not to let their opponents score. The final whistle blew, which meant the game went to penalties.  

Emma Bodlund (’17), Maja Krass (’16), Maria Marschalik (’17) and Myriam Meijer (’19) all took fantastic shots. ” The next thing I knew, the whole team was running at me, cheering; I couldn’t believe it we had won!” – Ioanna Karoutis (’16). Ioanna saved 2 very difficult penalties. ZIS was ecstatic, everyone shed tears of joy.

The day of the finals and it was bucketing down. Zurich International School vs. the International School of Brussels, “The best game they have played all season!”, Mr. Fitzpatrick (Varsity Girls Coach).  

By half time ZIS was down by two goals, however Maja Krass (’16) scored a fantastic goal in the second half which made the girls fight even harder. Patricia Suhrcke (’16) and Sitara Pal (’16) played a fantastic defensive half. It was an extremely close game, with the ball in St Johns’ half for the majority of the time.

The girls were thrilled to receive second place in the ISST’s. It was the first medal that ZIS Varsity girls have won in the past years.

We would like to congratulate; Magdalena Bodlund (’18), Emma Bodlund (’17) and Myriam Meijer (’19) who made the ‘All Star Team’.

However the team could not have done it without the help of their coach, Mr. Fitzparick, their two captains, Sitara Pal (’16) and Ioanna Karoutis, as well as each individual member of the team who each played an important role in the second place success.

The girls look forward to celebrating their success at their Sports Awards on Tuesday.

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Written by: Tamsyn Forrest (‘16)


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  1. Congratulations team. Very happy to read and hear from your coach how well you played. Next year you have a great shot at getting back into Div. 1 where you belong.

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