Following the loss of nine senior members and a siver medal finish last year, varsity girls soccer aim to challenge for the 2017 ISST championship in the Hague on November 9.
The team has played a total of 11 games, and have impressed by remaining undefeated against international school teams for the duration of their campaign. Led by captains Claire O’Malia (’18), Mia Holtze (’18), and Lily Noel (’19), the squad tied two games to TASIS (1-1) on October 4 and ACS Cobham (1-1) on October 25. Their only loss came against against Tottenham Hotspur FC Under 18 on October 24.
Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach Pranay Dhanani is confident the team will succeed at ISSTs due to their solid current form. “We have performed well in the matches that we have played. We probably haven’t scored as many goals as we want, but we are not losing any games against international schools,” he said.
Dhanani believes that the team has stayed focused despite going through a coaching change in the middle of the season.
The team enter the tournament with no injuries – a relief for Dhanani who stands by the concept of a team game by integrating all pieces of the squad. “Everyone has a part to play in the three- to four-day tournament. It’s not about the star or best players, it’s about the 15 players. There is no one that I would put the pressure on to help us win at ISSTs,” he said.
Written by Staff Writer Amaan Zafar
Photo by Media Editor Olivia Abrams
Sports Editor Jonathan Sheves contributed to reporting