Recap submitted by Coach Tony Shelley
As hosts TASIS went into the tournament with an unbeaten record and high hopes of winning the tournament.
LGB (La Grande Boissière) 0–1 TASIS
In the first match against LGB, TASIS looked dominant and Captain Daisy Bachofen '20 scored a superb goal from distance after the defence were carved open with great running on the left side from Carly Bachofen '22 and winger Kat Robinson '20. Spirits were high at half-time and Autumn Bachofen '21 scored a goal which was later disallowed for offside and confirmed by video evidence. The team looked a little rusty in midfield but held out well for the win.
TASIS 0-4 ICSZ (Intercontinental Community School Zurich)
ICSZ looked sharp right from the warm up. They kept possession well and were well-organised. TASIS looked bright with some excellent interlinking play from Alejandra Cova '22 and Lucia Ugolotti '20. TASIS had a number of shots on goal but were not able to break down a strong ICSZ goalkeeper and well-oiled defence. Unfortunately for TASIS, the first half extended for a couple of minutes of injury time and in the last minute of the half ICSZ scored a well worked goal and deadly low shot into the bottom left corner. This really rattled the team who started the second half rather shaken. The team was never able to regain the initiative. Momentum was with ICSZ and when spaces started to open, so did the cracks in the TASIS defence. ICSZ scored 3 more goals to take the game well beyond TASIS.
TASIS 1–5 ISB (International School of Berne)
ISB eventually won the tournament. They were organized, physical and athletic with some skillful players capable of beating defenders and shooting from all angles. They were a difficult team to defend and a sleepy looking TASIS team found themselves a couple of goals down. Carly Bachofen '22 managed to get the game within reach at 2-1, but ISB turned up the pressure with a reply soon after, and two goals after that. It was a performance and result for TASIS but a useful learning experience.
Playoff: TASIS 2–4 LGB (La Grande Boissière)
TASIS only needed a draw to qualify for the final of the competition. Sadly the previous matches had taken their toll on the team and this was not to be TASIS’s day. TASIS players were struggling to find their best forms individually and as the team which had brought them so far together. After going two goals down in a more evenly-matched game than the first match, TASIS did not panic at half-time. The strategy to get the ball wide and persisting with this paid off as TASIS got the score to 2-2. Sadly TASIS could not sustain the momentum and a couple of momentary lapses allowed LGB back in the game with some excellently well-worked goals including one from a free-kick.
Not having played together the week before during Academic Travel, coupled with unfamiliarity with the artificial surface made it hard for the players to find their best form. We also had some last minute injuries in key positions which made it hard for us to play our practiced formations. TASIS had lots to get out of the tournament but will be looking to their next tournament to improve further.
There were stand-out performances from Alejandra Cova '22 for her work rate, control and distribution; Carly Bachofen '22 for working tirelessly and opportunities to score. In defence, Penelope Baroni '21 was very consistent and Alexia Agini-Bile (2020) was particularly solid on the left of defence. Vice-Captain Airi Barnes '20, also worked hard in goal, made many effective saves and kept going even when the going got tough. For me, the player who showed the most commitment was forward Molly Siegenhaler '21 who chased and pressed in multiple parts of the field, even playing as a defensive midfielder. It is this sort of commitment that inspires others.
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