Boys finish 3rd.
Boys recap: A relatively young Sabers boys soccer team placed a respectable 3rd at the 2019 AISA soccer tournament held in Yokohama. After going scoreless on day 1, the Sabers boys soccer team found themselves in a tie for 2nd place in their pool and facing a tiebreaking "kicks from the penalty mark" shootout with KIS early Saturday morning. For a young team, this might have been a nerve-wracking experience, but the Sabers were calm, not even bothering to put on their uniforms, and won the shootout to advance to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champions Yokohama International School. All-tournament team members were Neo Yokoyama, Kentaro Okuda, and Taishi Fukuda. A big thank you to Coach Entwistle and Coach Nikolic.
Girls recap: The Sabers girls soccer team went undefeated through pool play and the semifinals, but they gave up a goal in each match. The defense tightened up in the finals, holding the host Korea International School Phoenix to a scoreless draw. The Sabers prevailed in an exciting "kicks from the penalty mark" shootout, 3-1, to repeat as AISA champions. All tournament team members were Leona Yanagi, Keito Iuchi, Ririko Okuno, and Nanami Hasegawa. Special congratulations to Coach Kono who single-handedly coached the team this year. Thank you to chaperone Matsuda-sensei.
The Sabers girls and boys soccer teams play in Association of International Schools in Asia (AISA) championship tournaments this weekend, April 11 and 12, 2019.
- The boys, led by Coach Entwistle and Coach Nikolic, travel to the Yokohama Athletic and Country Club (YCAC) in Yokoyama, for the tournament hosted by Yokohama International School. Here is the tournament website.
- The girls, coached by Coach Kono and chaperoned by Matsuda-sensei, travel overseas, playing at Korea International School in Seoul, South Korea. Here is the tournament program and a link to the livestream.