On Monday 29th October, 9 girls from the BIS B team participated in the annual SISAC Football City Championships at the American International School in the elite A group. This was a very competitive tournament as it included the 6 best teams in the city.
Game 1: BIS v ISHCMC
The first game was against ISHCMC. This was a very close game. Despite ISHCMC’s players being a year older than the BIS girls, this did not intimidate them – they held their positions well, supported one another on attack with some great passing and moving. Unfortunately, BIS didn’t manage to find the required space needed for a shot at goal and due to BIS’s fantastic defensive skills, ISHCMC also struggled to shoot at goal. The score of this game was 0-0 until the last 5 minutes where ISHCMC managed to apply pressure on our defence causing BIS to lose the ball, ISHCMC’s striker then dribbled the ball towards goal and scored. 1-0 to ISHCMC.
Game 2: BIS v AMIS
This game was an exciting one to watch from the side-line. There was plenty of action; BIS’s goal keeper Amelia executed some good goal kicks to Khanh Linh and Kyu-In who were then able to control the ball, pass it up the pitch to the midfield players’; Casi, Phuong An and Daphne. Our midfielders had the skills to dribble the ball further down the pitch and were able to find Kathy the striker who was in the correct position, just in front of the goal. Kathy received the ball confidently from Phuong Anh, dribbled forcefully through AMIS’s defence, took a shot at goal and scored!
Not long after this goal, Phuong Anh received a beautiful pass from Daphne and dribbled the ball from the half way line up to the edge of the goalkeeper’s box and with a powerful kick, she went for goal and shot the ball in the bottom right hand corner! Despite BIS playing awesome football, AMIS also had numerous shots at goal and were a very challenging team to play against. Just before full-time the score was 2-2, however a few minutes before the whistle blew, AMIS scored a third and final goal making it 2-3 to AMIS.
Game 3: BIS v CIS
BIS girls had one final game to play to determine the 5th/6th position of this tournament. After losing two games, their confidence was affected, nevertheless, they were willing to persevere and give this last game everything they had! Within minutes, CIS’s goalkeeper put the ball on the ground ready for a goal-kick but she miss-kicked it, allowing Casi from the BIS team to sprint forward and pressurise the goal keeper. Casi won the ball, took a shot at goal and scored! This goal boosted the girls’ team cohesion. Approximately 5 minutes in to the second half, CIS stepped up their game and were playing very good football – they made some quick, accurate passes up the pitch towards BIS’s goal, our defenders could not stop them. They managed to score making the full-time result 1-1. Due to the tie, this meant our girls had to go head to head against CIS in a penalty shoot-out. This was a gripping penalty shoot-out, the players and supporters were so anxious.
Amelia, BIS’s goalkeeper, was an absolute superstar as she saved three out of three penalties – an incredible achievement! Amelia’s reaction skills and bravery made it impossible for CIS to score past her. Well done to Phuong Anh, Khanh Linh and Casi for taking the penalties. Casi was the BIS player that managed to score. This meant that BIS beat CIS!!
Whilst many other schools were participating in lower divisions across the city on this day, both our A and B girls’ teams proved themselves worthy of competing in this elite group. The B team finished in 5th place overall. BIS B girls are now ranked the 5th best school out of 13 schools across the city!
Team: Amelia, Khanh Linh, Kyu-In, Casi, Phuong An, Daphne, Sophia, Makana, Kathy
Ms Lindsey Shuttleworth, PE Leader Assistant
Boys B and C Teams