Varsity Soccer traveled down to Sicily for games at Sigonella on Friday and Saturday, April 13th/14th.
Before the games, teams explored the Ancient Greek city of Ortigia, an island connected to the heart of Siracusa. Guided by a scavenger hunt, groups documented their missions with video and photos! From exploring tunnels dug for refuge during WWII bombings, tasting oysters, and getting locals to share history and dialect our student-athletes got to know this beautiful city known as the "Città Vecchia". The beautiful weather even permitted some of our more brave to jump in the crystal clear Sicilian water.
Teams closed Friday with intense training sessions, geared towards understanding movement and positions on the field.
Saturday morning saw our girls team take their first victory of the season, 2-0. Linking together many series of 4 or more passes, the girls dominated the game with constant pressure at the Jaguars goal and solid defence from the backline. Denise R. finished off two great assists from teammate Maria R. to stay our top scorer with 4 goals on the season. Keeper Emma W. recorded her first clean sheet, with 8 saves on the day.
The boys got over an early goal from Sigonella to rally to a 6-3 victory. Quick passes on the top and winning 50/50 balls allowed the boys to dictate the pace of the game for most of the 80 minutes. Hurricane force winds caused havoc in the second half as the boys saw their passes stop in mid air due to the gusts. Goals from Alessandro I., Luca B., Andrea T., Guglielmo F. regained the lead and held it!