Alive and Kickin’ – With Basketball Season Over, It’s Time to Strap on the Soccer Cleats and Hit the Pitch
With the basketball season over, it’s time for the Dragons to take to the pitch for a crack at a successful season of soccer. Friday, February 24, was the first tune-up game of the year, and it was a game of experimentation. Lineups were shifted and players were positioned in slots they may never have played in before, but it was all to the benefit of the team and the coach as the Dragons determine what will lead them to the championship this year.
The opponent was a local Chinese school who QSI has never played before, but from the kick-off it was clear that the Dragons were ready to show
what they are all about, dominating the ball and composing quick flashes of offense that nearly resulted in several early goals. The strong and technical plays of Raul Salvidar and Lucas Cruz provided for some great teamplay and scoring opportunities. Defender David Arizmendiand and midfielder Tal Shenholz contributed to the solid defensive play as well as ball distribution up the field. Goalkeepers Juan and Gerardo split the duty between the halves and made some fantastic saves keeping the net clear to the best of their ability. Despite the efforts of every last team member, the opponent found some lapses in the defense and was able to capitalize scoring a goal in the first half. Their second came late in the second half. The final whistle blew ending the game at a 2-0 losing score, but Coach Ramey wasn’t fazed by the loss. “We needed to finish, that was all. We controlled the game entirely, and that was a good thing.”
On February 27, the teams took to the field again and claimed their first victories of the season against Clifford. The boys won their match 5-4, with two goals coming from Ricardo Morales. Lucas Cruz, Julian Gomez and Ron Israeli all added to the score as well. The Lady Dragons also produced a high scoring game, with SaerunTraustadottir and Maartje van der Woude each scoring two goals. Raina Roberts added another. As Mr. Kenealy put it, “With the aid of 5 very experienced Sec 4 co-captains this year (Felicity, Ji Su, Vicky, Nandita and Nancy) all players are showing great progress and it promises to be an exciting year of soccer!”
To end the week, the Dragons traveled to CDNIS for eleven-a-side matches. The girls won their match 3-0 with goals coming from Raina Roberts, Maartje and Natalia. The boys, after valiant efforts from all, lost 8-1. Lucas Cruz started off the scoring for the Dragons, but it wasn’t enough to lead a comeback surge. The next matchups will kick off on March 5.
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