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Soccer - Boys (V)
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2nd Place

TASIS 1-1 ISB (lost in penalty shootout)

Recap submitted by Coach James Magagna

The Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Lausanne to compete in the SGIS Tournament and came away with their first trophy of the season, finishing as the runners-up after three wins, one loss, and a draw followed by a nail-biting loss in a ten-round penalty shootout. The squad started slow in their first match against IS Basel, who fielded a noticeably stronger side than the one we'd defeated in our previous tournament in Zurich. A subsequent matchup against La Garenne International School allowed TASIS to regain their form, with nearly half the lineup scoring goals, including a brace each from Andrey Nemykin '22 and Matias Riis '22. Matias Riis scored twice again in the next match, against Leysin American School, once from the penalty spot and a second time off of an assist by Romolo Cerra '23. Our group stage record of two wins and one loss were enough to claim second place in group one.

On day two of the tournament, TASIS faced off against the winners of group two in the semifinal. The only goal of the match was an own goal off an ISZL defender who was trying to clear the ball over the crossbar to prevent a scoring opportunity by Tommaso Lo Monaco '22. After hanging on to the win, TASIS played a rematch against IS Basel for the tournament championship. Down 1-0 at halftime, a header by Andreas Riis '23 off a corner kick leveled the score, but even with the momentum shifted back to our side the score remained 1-1 at the end of regulation. After a scoreless extra time period, the teams lined up for a penalty shootout. Despite a couple of brilliant saves by goalkeeper Riccardo Baroni '22 and the poise demonstrated by the kickers—nearly the whole lineup, as the shootout progressed to ten rounds—the ISB goalkeeper made one more save to take first place in the tournament. The boys held their heads high having come away from the tournament with the silver, and they look forward to competing in the next tournament and improving on this result.