Thank you to everyone who played over the summer. It was great to see the new players adjusting so well to high school soccer, and wonderful to see 5 of our best Varsity team graduates playing again.
Below, from left to right, are graduate Varsity players Miki Chisoku, Ai Kano, Sakiko Otsuki, Kanako Tsutsumi and Natsuho Oura
Four Dr Fukuda Scholar-Athletes of the Year (and four of the best soccer players to have worn the Sabers uniform) together!
From left to right: Haruna Tomiguchi (2017), Ai Kano (2016), Sakiko Otsuki (2015) and Natsuho Oura (2014)
Here's a wonderful team goal from Juventus. Four passes, four players, and the ball doesn't touch the ground once before it is in the net. Great first-touch play!
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The two tournament finals ended in draws, although both were lost on penalties.
Most importantly, we hope that Leona recovers soon from the knee injury that ended her season in early March.
Thank you to everyone for another wonderfully enjoyable season of great football.
Congratulations to the Sabers Girls HS soccer team who were runners-up in the 2017 AISA tournament hosted by Seoul International School this weekend. The girls were also awarded the AISA sportsmanship award by their fellow players and the competing schools' coaches. Our thanks go out to the athletics department, students and homestay families from SIS who showed such warm hospitality to our players. Congratulations too to the winning team, Korea International School, who won the title after an exciting and very hard-fought final went to penalties.
The meeting place at Kansai Airport is indicated here with a star. Please be there by 9:30am on Thursday morning.
Here's a great volley goal from yesterday's game between Liverpool and Stoke City. Watch Roberto Firmino's technique...
SOIS 8 - 0 Keimei HS
Goals: Suono (5), Ami, Lilian, Ririko
As this is the last game before our final tournament next week, we will only take the AISA squad to Keimei HS this weekend. Please bring WHITE uniforms.
Click here to download the map to Keimei HS.
Thank you to all of the players who attended the games, and put in such a great effort over the three days.
The following players are available for the games against 3 Japanese high schools next week.
Congratulations to the team for their superb performances at WJAA in Yokohama. The team won all pool games and their semifinal comfortably, and played an epic final against CA. One of the other coaches called it "the most impressive attacking team at the tournament [SOIS] against the most impressive defensive team [CA]". In the end it was a hard-fought 0-0 draw, followed by 22 penalties, with every player on both teams, including the goalies, taking a spot kick. Although Haruna made some spectacular diving saves, we lost by one in the sudden-death penalty shootout. So a 2nd place finish, but with so many superb individual performances and an inspired team performance from everyone, the tournament was really a great success. We can now look forward to a very exciting AISA tournament in Seoul next month.
The only sad note was the injury to our young wizard midfielder, Leona Yanagi, who has a suspected torn ligament in her knee (again). We wish her a speedy recovery, although past experience suggests it may require an operation and a lengthy lay-off from all sports, and a tough rehabilitation period after that.
The following players have been selected for the WJAA and AISA tournaments this season
Please make sure you submit the 'green' permission sheets to me as soon as possible to confirm you are allowed to go to AISA.
Other squad players:
Please keep practicing hard this season, it will be your turn to play in the tournaments next year.
This Saturday is our final chance to play 11 a-side on a full size field before the WJAA tournament in two weeks. Therefore we need everyone to please come to Sanda so that we can put two 11 a-side teams on the field for a full 90-minute game.
SOIS 0 - 3 CA
SOIS 0 - 1 CA
Thank you to all the players who came for the game. A useful practice, with plenty of things to work on over the next couple of weeks.
The following players have been selected to represent SOIS Varsity vs CA on Saturday 18 February. Please be changed and on the field at CA to warm up from 2:45pm. Kick-off will be at 3:30pm, and we will play three 30-minute halves.
Unavailable: Suono, Ao, Jenifer
First WJAA high school girls soccer tournament hosted by Yokohama International School, March 10-11, 2017.
The games at Sanda Shounkan HS have been cancelled at their request, due to snow on the field and some players with influenza.
Instead we will play an inter-squad game at SOIS on Saturday, from 12pm-2pm.
Thank you everyone, and sorry for the change.
The Varsity team will play against Sanda Shounkan HS on Saturday 11 February. The school is across the road from the Family Mart near KG University at Sanda.
Please meet outside the Family Mart by 9:00am on Saturday morning, We will go into the school together and start warming up from 9:15. We are scheduled to play 3 x 30-minute periods, so only the Varsity team will go, and we should be finished by around 11:45am.
SOIS (V) 10 - 1 MBIS (V)
Goals: Suono (3), Hana (2), Lilian (2), Keanna (2), Ririko (1)
SOIS (V/JV) 7 - 3 MBIS (V)
Goals: Ami (3), Hana, Miho, Lilian, Leona
(Keanna also score two agains SOIS whilst on loan to MBIS, to cover for injured players)
Games vs Marist @ KG Sanda campus
09:15am - Warm-up
10:00am - SOIS Varsity vs MBIS
11:30am - SOIS JV vs MBIS
The following players have been selected for the games. Please make sure to collect a uniform from Kaho this week if you need one.
Unavailable: China, Haruka, Sakurako, Airu, Jenifer (AISA), Ahn Ri
Details about the Sanda campus can be found here. Those players who have not been to Sanda before, please arrange with Kaho, Haruna or Hana to travel together.
SOIS 2 - 3 NIS
Goals: Suono, Leona
SOIS 0 - 0 MBIS
SOIS 3 - 0 NIS
Goals: Lilian, Hana, Suono
SOIS 3 - 1 MBIS
Goals: Lilian, Miho, Airi
Futsal teams vs NIS & MBIS, 28 January @SOIS
The following players will represent the school in a series of futsal games against Nagoya International School and Marist International School on Saturday 28 January at SOIS. We can only field 16 players, so not everyone will be able to play this week. Please note that next Saturday we will be able to field a Varsity and a JV team, so more players will be able to have a game.
HS: Mr. Frater, Mr Kono