This year the two top prizes - the 1st place and the sportsmanship trophies - were awarded to the Falcons from the International School of Prague, the only team that won every single game.
The final match, Prague vs. Budapest, ended with a score of 3:1. The first goal was scored by a Prague player from almost midfield during the first half of the game. This boosted the energy of the team and supplied them with inspiration and adrenaline. Meanwhile, the Blazers from Budapest did not lose hope. The soccer ball kept flying back and forth across the field and numerous shots were attempted towards both goals. It was a tough battle that mesmerized the numerous spectators all around the field.
In the semi-finals, Bucharest defeated Warsaw with a score of 3:2. The Warsaw team consisted of many large and experienced players that took shot after shot at the goal, while Bucharest's amazing goalie made countless brilliant saves, literally leaving the crowd in awe. Although the Warriors scored first, the quick-footed, young Vampires soon caught up and won the match, making beautiful assists and scoring multiple times from the right wing of the field. Both teams were very concentrated and eager to win.
Unlike the other schools which participated with one strong team, Kyiv had two equal-strengthed teams. Carl, Henry, Rick, Minsung, Alex, Philip, Leonard, Adam, Bo, Tyler, Rostislav, Maxime, Max, and Anton comprised the Red Team, while Trey, Uk, Gregory, George, Dogukan, Nazar, Ruslan, Jakub, Ziad, Aditia, Anton, Seva, Sergey, and Razmik were the Black Team. Every single one of these 27 players gave it their all, not giving up even when the score board displayed unsatisfying results. They left no reason to be disappointed. Both of these teams are very young; only 5 out of the 27 boys are 13 years-old. This means that the majority of the team will be back next season with more experience and more ambition.
The CEESA competition is already behind, but the local league is still ahead. On Tuesday, the KIS Middle School Boys will have a game, and on Thursday, the local league will begin. Unfortunately, there is no other information available right now about the upcoming Middle School Boys' Soccer Matches, but stay tuned to kistoday for new updates.
By Olexandra Rovinska