Goal! Victory for the Simon Soccer Club

By: Crisandra Harrison

On the weekend of October 9th and 10th, the Simon Soccer Club placed 2nd at the 21st Annual Yale Cup soccer tournament, our best ever finish. It was a hard-fought battle, especially for a team which only began practicing together at the beginning of the school year in September!

The Simon Soccer Club was scheduled to play four games on Saturday, October 9th  against some familiar competitors. The first game, against MIT, was hard fought, ending in a 1-1 draw. The second game matched Simon with Duke, the 2009-2010 MBA Championship Series overall winner, and once again the match was highly contested with no team being able to break the deadlock. Several potential game winning shots were blocked by our goalie as the time ticked away. The final score ended at 0-0. The third game was much more exciting, and started off very fast with a Simon win over Yale. Going into the fourth and last game, the Simon team knew they needed a win or a tie to move on and the opponent Carnegie Mellon needed to win. Simon continued to work hard and finished the game off with another strong defensive performance. A final goal not only advanced Simon to the knockout stages, but made Simon the No.1 seed. 

At the event’s dinner Saturday night, Simon found out they were matched against the Columbia Lions team. The Columbia Lions knocked Simon out of last year’s Yale Cup in the semi-finals on penalty kicks. Simon was poised to tackle the challenge on Sunday morning. Final score Columbia 1, Simon 4. An hour later, the next match was against Columbia Blue. Through some great team and then individual efforts by Simon’s entire defensive line, Simon emerged victorious.

Set to play in its first-ever finals in Simon School history, the team was matched against Wharton. Surviving regulation time without a score, penalty kicks were used to decide the winner. Both teams put forth great efforts. However, through the first five shots, both teams were tied with four goals each. On to sudden death, where Simon had a chance to win the game on the 7th round after a Wharton miss, only to have the Wharton goalie make a crucial save. In the 10th round of sudden death penalty kicks, the Wharton goalie again made a diving save, this time to seal the victory for Wharton. 

The Simon Soccer team should be proud to have made it so far.  The team consisted of MBA and MS current students, part time and full time students, as well as Simon alums.  They are a great example of the Simon community, and we are proud of their second place victory!

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