King’s Academy, November 8, 2008—The boys and girls junior varsity (JV) soccer teams participated in the Middle East Triangle Tournament held at the Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) this past weekend.
The teams in the boys bracket included ABS, Al-Manhal International School (MIS), and ICARDA International School in Aleppo (IISA). The girls bracket was comprised of one team from ABS and another from the American Community School (ACS).
On Friday, the teams played a round robin in which each team was allotted points for a win or a tie. On Saturday the teams, seeded according to the points accumulated in the previous day’s events, played an elimination format. The games were 40minutes long, eight to a side.
The King’s Academy girls lost a defeating first game against ABS, who brought their girls varsity team rather than their JV squad. ABS, with its more experienced and older girls, scored two goals within the first 40seconds, bringing down the morale of the King’s Academy team. Despite how crushing this 7-0 loss was for King’s, the team made great strides in the following game against ACS. Although King’s lost 2-1, they came together as a team to put into action all of the skills which they had been working on in practice.
The King’s JV boys played their first game against MIS, and although they started off slow in the first half (perhaps due to the 8:00 am start time), Marwan Fakhriddin ’10 scored a much needed goal to win the game 1-0. The second game was against ABS, who again brought their varsity team. Hamza Zaidan ’10, Hamdi Alauddin ’11, and Faisal Badran ’11 held down the defense for the first half, but ABS scored two goals to win 2-0 in the second half. In the third game, Tamar Attar ’11 scored two goals to win 2-0 against IISA.
The following day, King’s played MIS again to determine the seeding for the elimination round of the tournament. Unfortunately King’s lost 1-0, and consequently they were matched against IISA for the first round of the tournament. However, this game did not go as smoothly as the first. IISA scored in the first half, and after Badran tied the game 1-1, IISA scored again to win 2-1.