This past week the MS Soccer program again traveled to Handong International school and competed for the SKAC Futsal championships. Having enjoyed great success in the preliminaries in Daegu in September where the girls and boys Varisty both went undefeated and the boys JV only lost one game, the travelling team was in a confident mood. The day started well with all teams getting early wins and playing some excellent flowing football.

BIFS girls were early favourites having convincingly defeated all opposition scoring 11 and only conceding 1 in the group stages against a talented ISK team, thanks to superb saves from Marnie Stutsel and resolute defending from Captain Eve Seeberg as well as some potent goal scoring from Grace Monterio, Zoe Shields, Cayetana Pendergast and Kira Seggerty. The boys suffered a tough loss to HIS in the group stages going down 2-1, but there was plenty to be excited about with a spread of goals and some creative combination play resulting in goals from Danial Crichton, Marin Ikac and Theo Spjeld. Our JV boys dominated games with their intelligent passing football but could not quite find the cutting edge in front of goal to finish games off captained by the superb Jaylen Cuthbertson in goal making 2 world class saves which were applauded by the on looking crowd, goals from Kyle Park, Louis Van Der Wel and Sean Toms were well deserved and the boys move forward knowing they played good football and built upon the foundations which will ultimately bring them success.

The Varsity boys advanced to the semi final having won 2 – 0 in the quarter final. In the semi they met a big and strong BLICS team however the BLICS team was no match for the BIFS slick football and individual skill in the final third. The BIFS boys bombarded the BLICS goal with attack after attack, if it were not for a outstanding performance from the BLICS goalkeeper the BIFS boys would have advanced. Unfortunately a lucky goal saw the boys go down 1 – 0, in the words of Joint Captian Marin Ikac “Sometimes I am disappointed when I leave the field after a loss, today I know we did everything we possibly could have done to win.” The BIFS boys will travel to Jeju in confident mood.

The girls played a spirited GIFS teams in the semi final, a team they had beaten earlier in the day, however it was not to be as simple this time around the GIFS girls gave their travelling support a lot to cheer coming from 2 goals down to level the game 2-2 at half time. There was clearly some nerves in the BIFS camp but with second half goals from Monterio and Shields BIFS came out on top 4-2. The final was rightly billed as game of the day. The talented ISK team came out even more resolute than in the group game and pushed BIFS high up the field. BIFS scored with a goal from Seggerty which released a little tension on the BIFS bench, however the ISK girls came back even stronger. if it were not for great saves from Stutsel and the post Frida Slatmen of ISK would have had a hat-trick. In the second half the game had a more end to end outlook with few chances at either end due to incredibly strong defending. The first half goal from Seggerty proved the difference, with both teams cancelling each other out in the second half, the final score 1-0 in favour of BIFS. There were tears of joy at the final whistle as the BIFS MS Girls claimed their second trophy of the year and keep alive the dream of the treble as they travel to Jeju this weekend, not to forget defending their futsal title from 2014. The triumphant girls team were Marnie Stutsel, Eve Seeberg, Se Na Julsdorf, Erika Manrique Zoe Shields, Grace Monterion, Cayetana Pendergast, Kira Seggerty, Ali Zakirova

Great job to both teams and all the players.  A big thank you to the Rising Stars soccer Coaches who have tirelessly coached and travelled with the kids this season.

MS soccer has one last contest this coming weekend in Jeju Island for the KISAC Red Tournament and will have a great time travelling and competing with the KISAC schools from Seoul and Jeju Island.  Good luck to all!