|Soccer - Girls (V) ESC|
|Date:||October 19, 2017|
|Score:||TASIS 0-2 CAISL; TASIS 0-0 ASV; TASIS 0-0 ASM; TASIS 1-2 BIS; TASIS 1-0 St. Julians|
The TASIS Girls Varsity Soccer team traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, this weekend to take part in the ESC Soccer Championships. The girls got off the plane and took the field on Thursday against the host team Carucci American International School of Lisbon (CAISL). After a 0-0 first half, the host team broke the Tiger defense and put in two second half goals to win 2-0.
The second day of the tournament would see the Tigers rebound with two consecutive shutouts against The International School of Valencia and The American School of Milan. The back line of Eve Ryan '19, Ginevra Ugolotti '18, and Zoe Ghilardi '18 stopped both teams, limiting them to just four shots on goal. The TASIS offense also failed to find the back of the net, but the Tigers banked two points going into their final game with the two 0-0 draws.
The final match on Friday saw the Tigers facing off against the top team in the pool, Bavarian International School. After falling behind 2-0 in the second half, TASIS was looking for a much-needed goal to avoid the 9th-place game on Saturday. They got it in the form of Paris-transfer Daisy Bachofen '20, as she took a breakaway 50 yards in for the score with only four minutes remaining. The goal sent TASIS into the 7th-place match and and dropped ASM into fifth in the pool, setting up the latter team for a matchup with The International School of Paris, which both Daisy and her sister Autumn played for last year.
On the final day of the tournament, the girls arrived to find that their opponent was the defending champions, St Julian’s School of Lisbon. In the eleventh minute of the game, Penelope Baroni '21 slotted a beautiful pass into the box, where Airi Barnes '20 put it in the back of the net to give the Tigers the 1-0 lead going into the half. A strong wind kept the Tigers pinned down and under constant pressure from SJS in the second half, but goalkeeper Yulia Mochalnikova '19 made save after save and punted the ball out of the defensive half of the field and away from danger. Daisy and Autumn Bachofen as well as Lucia Ugolotti '20 sustained the TASIS attack up the right side, keeping the ball out of the defense for crucial possessions late in the game as the Tigers held on to a 1-0 victory. It was the second ESC tournament in three years that TASIS had knocked off the defending champions in their home countries. They beat Berlin-Brandenburg International School 2-1 in Munich two years ago, vaulting them into the semifinals that year.