Fall ISSTs recap: day three

Varsity boys soccer:

Varsity boys soccer made it back-to-back ISST championships following their 3-0 win against Munich International School (MIS) on November 11.

After beating MIS 1-0 in the group stages of the tournament and remaining undefeated throughout the season, the team entered the game full of confidence.

Ethan Novak (’18) put The Eagles ahead within 10 minutes of the game with a well-taken effort from the edge of the box. Jonathan Novak (’20) doubled the lead early into the second half, only for William Fox (’18) to secure the team’s championship after rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into the bottom corner in the final moments of the match.

Team Captain Harry Nevins (’18) feels winning back-to-back ISSTs “was a dream come true. There is something special about our team that contributed to our success is that we are and have been such a close knit group of boys,” he said. “The team has been like a family and we have always been able to work for and trust each other on and off the field.”

Zayn Daniels (’18), Nevins, Jonathan and Ethan were all given All-Tournament honors.

 

Varsity girls soccer:

Varsity girls soccer erased their disappointment of losing the first game of the ISSTs to ACS Cobham by beating the Cougars on penalties on November 11 to win the tournament.

After a hard fought 60 minutes of two teams struggling to break the deadlock, a penalty shoot out was forced. The Eagles won the shoot out 3-2 after heroics from keeper Mia Holtze (’18) and were crowned ISST champions.

The championship improves upon last year’s silver-medal finish, where they lost to TASIS. They beat TASIS in the semi-finals. This championship marks the third in four years for the varsity girls soccer program.

Holtze admits that she was unusually calm going into the shoot-out. “Surprisingly, I was excited for penalties,” she said. “I trusted my team and I was excited to redeem myself after a difficult first game against Cobham. It was a perfect way to end my soccer career.”

Lily Noel (’19) and Lulu Linkas (’21) earned All-Tournament honors for the team.

 

Varsity boys volleyball:

Varsity boys volleyball were named ISST champions for the first time since 1988 after beating TASIS 3-2 in the final of this year’s tournament.

The team started slowly going two sets down in a best-of-three final, but an inspired team performance in the second half of the game sparked a comeback against all the odds. Led by Captain Alex Ferragamo (’18) and Dylan Erdei (’19), the team won three consecutive sets, and were crowned champions for the first time in 29 years.

Despite the team trailing early on, Ferragamo was always confident of victory. “When we were down 2-0 there was no doubt in my mind that we would win,” he said.  “We knew that TASIS was a historically weak team mentally. We changed setters in the third set and that changed the way [Erdei] and I were able to hit. Once we got one set off of them they began to crumble mentally and we were able to go all the way.”

Ferragamo believes that teamwork was the secret behind the team’s success at ISSTs this year. “It feels amazing to lead a team to the gold for the first time in 29 years,” he said. “I think that the volleyball teams in the past couple of years have all been of the same level, but to be able to play as a team and for nobody to be selfish really allowed us to be a better side than TASIS.

Erdei and Jon Bianco (’20) earned All-Tournament honors for the team.

 

Varsity girls volleyball:

Varsity girls volleyball fell just short of a medal finish after losing the third-place game to the American School of The Hague (ASH).

The team, who went into the game having won four out of their seven ISST match ups, lost to ASH 3 sets to 1, and placed fourth.

Amelia Learner (’21) believes that the despite the disappointment in the ASH game, the score didn’t tell the full story of how the match unfolded. “In the game against The Hague, we fought very hard. The score was only 2 points apart for a few of the sets, but when we lost a few points in a row, we lost the energy and it was hard for us to get back into it,” she said. “

Learner, a first year member of the team, will remember her ISST debut in a positively despite the result. “Even though the season is over, ISSTs was a great learning experience and we became a lot closer as a team,” she said.

Emily Barlow (’18) earned All-Tournament honors for the third consecutive year.

 

Varsity field hockey:

For the second consecutive year, varsity field hockey finished in last place. The team was recognised by one of the tournament’s judges for demonstrating exceptional values upheld by the ISST.  

Although the team recorded their first draw in five years on the first day, they lost against the British School in the Netherlands (BSN) 5-0 and International School of Brussels (ISB) 6-0 on November 10. They ended the tournament without scoring a goal.

Caitlin Welch (’18) believes that this year’s tournament marked progress for the team. “I think the hockey program at ASL is definitely heading in the right direction,” she said. “We went from being the worst team at ISSTs to now being on a level playing field with some of the [other] teams.

Welch credits this improvement to the recent spike in the participation of the sport. “I think a large portion of this improvement is due to our growth in numbers this year and our new coach. It would be great to have two hockey teams to increase the playing time of each player since we currently have 25 girls trying to get playing time each game. I think the team just has to keep doing what we’re doing because we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”

Sissel Anderson (’18) earned All-Tournament honors for the team.

Written by Sports Editor Jonathan Sheves

Editor’s note: This section includes additional information after reaching a member of the Field Hockey team, despite their tournament ending on November 10.