U11 Boys Football
An incredible Saturday morning saw the U11 NACIS football team lift their first trophy as champions. They traveled to Hongqiao SUIS and left with the cup! With 8 teams in attendance, this was a huge achievement for our team.
Our first group game was a tense affair with defenders Jeremy Ye and Kevin Shi showing some incredible determination to limit our opposition to only a few chances. With the game looking destined for a stalemate, Jacob Zhang stood over a free-kick 15 yards from the opposition goal. He only had one thing on his mind as he hammered the ball into the roof of the net to get NACIS off to the perfect start. NACIS 1-0 FDIS.
NACIS had a secret weapon for the second game – the arrival of captain, Jayden Coan. He took only minutes to score the only goal of our second game as he carved through the opposition defense to tuck the ball into the bottom corner. He celebrated with some very interesting dance moves! With Evan Peng between the NACIS goalposts, the opposition never stood a chance to score as our excellent goalkeeper made several key saves to see us to our second victory. NACIS 1-0 KCIS.
With two wins from two games, our chances of qualifying for the semi-finals were looking good but NACIS needed a point to be sure of qualification. Leo Guo, making his first appearance for NACIS, cut inside his defender and rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner with just three minute on the clock. NACIS then relaxed a little too much with one eye on the semi-final as they conceded two goals thanks to the excellent attacking skills of the opposition striker. With just two minutes left on the clock, Jacob Zhang once again stepped up and headed into the top corner to get the all-important equaliser that NACIS needed. This game showed the character of our squad as they worked for each other to earn their reward. NACIS 2-2 Hongqiao SUIS.
The semi-final was a real nail-biter! Miles Zhang and Vincent Wu caused havoc in the opposition defense with their amazing dribbling down either wing. Despite creating some excellent chances, NACIS could not find that all important goal. We were searching for someone to step up and deliver the crucial goal that would take us into the final. Thankfully, Jayden Coan did just that! After winning a free kick 20 yards from the opposition goal, the result was never in doubt. He sent a curling shot around the wall of defenders and into the top right corner, leaving the goalkeeper no chance. NACIS 1-0 SHSID.
In the final, we came up against Hongqiao SUIS again. After narrowly surviving defeat in the group stage, NACIS ensured there would be no repeat of that result. With Jackson Wu flying down the wing, NACIS scored four fantastic goals to march to the title! Jacob Zhang, who was awarded the tournament MVP by the 8 coaches, ensured NACIS started perfectly by dribbling around his defender and sliding the ball into the bottom corner. Jayden Coan then scored a spectacular second goal for NACIS as he sent an unstoppable shot past the goalkeeper. It was then time for our main striker to get in on the act. With two excellent goals, Jude Zhu made sure NACIS won the tournament and went home with the cup.
- Encourage your team mates.
- Respect yourselves, team mates, opposition and referees.
- Stay in your position.
Star man: Kevin Shi
MVP: Jacob Zhang