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Both the HS Girls and HS Boys soccer teams had an exciting day of competitive soccer, and showed the talent, teamwork and determination needed to succeed in this

tournament.

For the girls the day was an unequivocal success. They got off to a good start with a 3-2 win against local rivals BFS, the scoreline suggesting a tight game though in fact BIFS dominated throughout. After going 1-0 down, Eve scored to tie at 1-1. Her sister, team captain Ella scored to make it 2-1. BFS responded immediately with a goal to make it 2-2, but Coach Gearoid’s well-drilled team continued with their game-plan and were rewarded with a deserved winner scored by Synne. The second game was a comfortable 6-0 victory over KFS with Elle, Alva and Synne all getting on the scoresheet. Notable mentions should also go to Rakiah, the team goalkeeper who kept a clean sheet, Synne for saving a penalty, and Emily, who only started playing soccer two weeks ago yet scored a hat-trick. The girls final game was another solid victory, running out 5-1 winners against HIS. Synne, Eve, Elle, Alexandria and Emily all scored to cap a great day for the team.
The boys’ day was somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster. They made the perfect start with a convincing 5-2 win against GPA. JaeWon scored two and Taehoon, Min and Alex all scored a goal each. The boys continued with the same intensity and confidence against a strong HIS team. They went 1-0 up, and later were leading 2-1 and then 3-1. While BIFS certainly looked the better team throughout the game, HIS fought back strongly and after getting a goal with five minutes to go, they got another in the last seconds of the game to tie 3-3. The boys were very upset with the result, and with the final game starting straight after they struggled to clear that disappointment and start afresh. While the last game ended in a defeat against DIS, it provided valuable learning lessons for the boys and with 4 points from a possible 9 they are still in a strong position to reach the tournament finals at the end of the season.
Coach Lally and Gearoid