By Adeena Liang
On the awfully sunny noon of April 19th, the Varsity Girls Soccer Team started their warm-up before their first game against Canadian Academy, the runners-up of last year’s Super APAC. A certain type of excitement, with a hint of anxiety, filled the atmosphere as the team practiced their passes and blasted shots into the net.
Throughout the game, every single player played extremely well. The game finished with a hard-earned tie of 1-1, but there was not much time to celebrate, for the next game soon after was against Brent, the winners of last year’s Super APAC.
In that game, the Varsity Girls Soccer Team played like never before. The whole team fought their hardest for every single minute of the seventy-minute game, especially in the last ten minutes as Brent’s offense got increasingly aggressive. In the end, it was another well-deserved tie of 0-0, and there was much joy, and a bit of surprise, as the girls celebrated the result.
The next day, the Varsity Girls Soccer Team had another two great games. The day started off with a stressful last minute 3-2 win against the Western Academy of Beijing. This was followed by a tie of 1-1 against the International School of Beijing.
The last day, their first game was against SAS Puxi. At the start of the season, the Pudong girls soccer team lost to them 6-0, and then they lost to them again 3-0 in the middle of the season. It was the first game of the day, and the Pudong and Puxi teams warmed up side by side, with the same warm up.
The game was one of the best games the team has ever played. Puxi’s offence was as strong as always, but Pudong managed to keep them at bay. SAS Pudong’s offence at had a couple solid shots at goal, and Puxi’s offence had a few shots as well. In the end, Pudong ended up with yet another tie of 0-0, but this was their strongest game yet. The whole team was overjoyed at the results, tying with the team who had repeatedly beaten them throughout the season.
Even though SAS Pudong was undefeated, they were placed into the 3rd/4th bracket due to their lower total number of points, since a win was one points and a tie was only one. Pudong faced off WAB again, eventually beating them 1-0.
Placing third in the tournament, the Varsity Girls Soccer Team was more than satisfied with this outcome. When asked about her overall impression of this season, team captain Kelly Wang replied “Shants!”