This weekend, the boys Varsity team (along with JV boys, Varsity girls and JV girls) traveled to Paris for a showcase game against the British school of Paris (BSP). Subsequent to a 6 hour commute, the boys arrived at the BSP campus, eager to turn their season around after two demoralizing defeats. After an inspirational pre-game speech from captain Gabriel Ecclissato (’17), the team had an excellent and motivated start, evident in the 2-0 score line at half time (goals from Riccardo Rapetti (’18) and Gabriel Ecclisato (’17), and an assist from Ilkka Cheema (’18)). The momentum was carried into the second half, eventually ending in a 4-0 victory for the ZIS lions (second half goals from Sam Reza (’19) and Riccardo Rapetti (’18) and an assist from Alex Graber (’18)).
The following day, the boys returned very well rested after the generous hospitality from several different BSP families. With revenge from BSP in sight, the Varsity boys were expecting a very physical and tough game, however were able to take the lead through a corner kick goal from Matt Davidson (’18). The game later began to settle down as the ZIS midfield managed to control the tempo of the match, however was later overturned when ZIS goalkeeper Kipras Undzenas (18′) received a red card, causing unqualified striker Riccardo Rapetti to go in goal. After a great goal from Axel Hakansson (’17) and assist from Alex Graber (’18) the team managed to enter the half in a 2-0 lead. The second half was played out to be very routine, and a goalkeeping mistake from the BSP saw Cornelius Carlsson (’17) take advantage and give ZIS a 3-0 lead. The match ended in very good spirits for the and slowly begins to foreshadow a very successful season for the ZIS Varsity boys. All teams traveled back to Zurich and capped off a great weekend with good team chemistry and bonding experiences on the trajectory back.
Written by Alex Graber (’18)
Photography by Henrik Amstutz (’17)