On Thursday, the boys junior varsity football team travelled to Munich for the annual SCIS (Sports Council of International Schools) tournament. On Friday morning, the first team they faced in their group was ISZL, a team that they had lost against previously in the season and were an important team to beat. It was icy cold on the open fields and the players were all freezing before the match. The team started out strong, leading 1:0 by half time. After a quick team chat the players ran back onto the field to start the second half of the game. They dominated this second half and quickly scored two more goals that lead to a 3:0 victory against ISZL. They then faced off BRU (International School of Brussels) who had beaten ISZL 4:2 earlier that day. The weather was now miserable with strong winds and light rain. Both team played well in the first half but ZIS was making simple, yet crucial mistakes and were lucky to go into the break with a 0:0 tie. After the break however, ZIS started to play proper football and were playing the ball around Brussels’ defence. After a strong second half the final score was 6:0. On the following day, after winning their group stage, they were in a group with Frankfurt and Basel playing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The first team they played was Basel. ZIS was quick to score the first goal but struggled to get another. After the halftime break they managed to score another and finished with a 2:0 victory. FIS (Frankfurt International School) also beat Basel 2:0 so all came down to the last game against the two teams. It had become extremely chilly with temperatures dropping down to some 4 degrees Celsius, strong winds of up to 50 km/h and heavy rainfall. ZIS started out very strong and were able to score two goals before the halftime break. Frankfurt however came back strong in the second half and hit the post twice. ZIS also had some chances and were unlucky to hit the crossbar twice in a row. Once the final whistle blew the entire team flooded the pitch and started cheering and singing. They had managed to win SCIS and brought back a well deserved trophy. Throughout the tournament the team was able to keep a clean sheet and a gold medal.
Written by Joshua Kaas (‘20)
Edited by Lucas Frauenlob (’20) and Felicity Black (’18)