|Soccer - Boys (V) ESC|
|Date:||November 9, 2017|
|Score:||ISP 3–2, ASV 0–0, ISL 5–0, ASM 1–0, SJS 6–0, SJS 3–2|
After a long journey from Lugano to St Julian's School in Carcavelos, Portugal, the Varsity Boys Soccer team arrived late Thursday evening, joined host families, and started the European Sports Conference (ESC) Tournament bright and early Friday morning. Despite knowing they were the youngest team at the tournament, the Tigers came out ready to play against their first opponent, ISP. Solid goals by Filippo Cipolini '19 and Alessandro Piermattei '20 left the Tigers feeling good despite a narrow 3-2 loss. The Tigers then went up against ASV, a very strong contender, for their second match of the day. TASIS pulled off one of its best performances of the tournament, tying ASV 0-0 after a goal by Cipolini was dismissed by a very close offside call. Literally taking one for the team, Piergiovanni Bolognini '21 sustained a leg injury while preventing a goal. His athleticism and strong attitude inspired his teammates and coaches. Nevertheless, a bit shaken up, and up against one of the best teams of the tournament, the Tigers faced ISL for the last match of the day. Exhausted and with now only one sub (a player and coach at the hospital), the boys fell 5-0.
Refreshed after a good night's sleep, and with another beautiful warm day, the Tigers faced longstanding rivals ASM. The team put up a fight and met the challenge thanks in part to solid pressure, attitude, and some impressive footwork by Ianis Paval '20 and Hankeyoul Lee '18. Darius Paval '19 had two solid shots just nearly passing above the crossbar. With newfound confidence in the RB position, Fillip Larsson '19 had a very strong performance. Though evenly matched, the Tigers conceded a goal in the final minutes and lost 1-0. They then jumped right into a match with host SJS, who arrived with fresh legs. Mentally and physically exhausted going into their fifth game of the tournament, and still with a single sub, the Tigers took a tough 6-0 loss. For their sixth and final game, the Tigers played the other host team and jumped out to an early lead after a goal from Darius Paval '19. Four call-and-response goals followed, ending in 3-2 defeat at the final whistle.
Overall at ESC, the boys played with heart, supported one another, and had some of their best performances yet this season. They arrived home safely after another long trip—tired but energized that they can do well next year with the return of this very talented but young team.