Fall ISSTs recap: day one

Varsity girls soccer:

Varsity girls soccer started their ISSTs with a 1-0 loss against ACS Cobham, but recovered with a 3-0 win against the International School of Brussels (ISB). Claire O’Malia (’18) scored the first two goals in the opening embers of the game, before Cassidy May (’21) wrapped up all three points.

Given it was the first loss against international competition all year, Caoimhe Mesch (’18)  felt it shook the team.“Our morale was so low after the first game and we weren’t working as hard as we could have been. We just weren’t playing our game. Cobham scored a super early goal and really knocked our confidence.” she said. “Our second game was a big improvement, we were excited and wanted to win. We played much better and really got into our groove.”

Mesch believes that the team will have to increase the physicality of their game tomorrow. “We need to step up our confidence and effort. We need to want to win games. That means winning every tackle, every air ball and working hard until the final whistle.”

The team will play Frankfurt International School (FIS) at 10:30 a.m., and should they win, qualify for the semi-finals in the afternoon.

Varsity Boys Soccer:

Varsity boys soccer extend their unbeaten run to 14 games following wins against St. John’s International School (STJ) and Munich International School (MIS).

Mark Haghani (’18) opened The Eagles’ account with a well-taken chip from an Ethan Novak (’18) pass, before doubling his and the team’s tally towards the end of the first half. Haghani completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot with 15 minutes left in the match.

The team remained dead-locked with MIS for the majority of the match, but a last-minute Max Coulson (’18) goal ensured that the team finished the day with six points out of a possible six.

Despite their results, Haghani still believes that the team needs to improve should they stand a chance to retain their ISST title. “We’re not playing to our highest level yet, but we got through both games with wins, which was vital,” Haghani said. “Everyone is feeling great on the team after today and we feel like we can go all the way. Looking forward, we want to be more critical in the final third and finish off the game quicker.”

The team will play ACS Hillingdon in tomorrow’s morning game at 8:30 a.m., before taking on the second-place finisher in Pool B in the semi-finals.

Varsity Field Hockey:

Varsity field hockey has yet to score a goal at ISSTs this year, finishing day one with a tie and a loss. 

The team took on The International School in The Hague first, losing the game 5-0, before drawing 0-0. against British School of Brussels,

Anya Edelstein (’18) believes that the team can take some positives out of their first day at the tournament. “I think our second game today was a lot better than our first game. We knew as a team that we were a lot more evenly matched, so we were really determined to keep them at 0-0, and we did draw, which is really exciting for us,” she said.

However, Edelstein maintains communication is key to tomorrow’s game. “[It] is something that we did a lot more in the second game – just to let other people know where we are in the field and relying on our teammates when we can.”

The team takes on International School of Brussels (ISB) at 8:15 a.m. and British School of The Netherlands (BSN) at 11:00 a.m.

Varsity girls volleyball

Varsity girls volleyball will head into day two of the tournament full of confidence after a successful first day.

The team lost their first game of the tournament 2-0 to International School of Brussels but quickly turned their form around, beating both Cairo American College and TASIS in straight sets, before finishing the day off with a 2-1 victory over Vienna International School.

Tomorrow, they will take on American School of The Hague, ACS Cobham and Zurich International School at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Varsity Boys Volleyball

Varsity Boys volleyball has yet to drop at a set at this year’s ISSTs, winning all of their games 2-0.The team beat American School in Israel (ASI), Munich International School (MIS), St John’s International School (STJ), before concluding their day by beating Frankfurt International School (FIS).

Reeves Bradford (’21), the team’s middle, believes that the Eagles need to remain focused ahead of tomorrow’s games. “Though we didn’t play great in the first game we picked it up and beat some really strong teams,” he said. “For tomorrow, we just need to keep the intensity up.”

The team will take on American School in Paris (ASP) at 9 a.m., ACS Athens (ATH) at 11:30 a.m and TASIS (TAS) at 2 p.m. before learning if they qualify for Friday’s final.