|Soccer - Girls (V) ESC|
|Date:||November 16, 2018|
TASIS 2 - 0 ASM
The Varsity Girls Soccer team traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, on Thursday to compete in the European Schools Conference (ESC) Championship Tournament. The Lady Tigers opened play with a solid 1-0 victory over the American School in Milan, with Lucia Ugolotti '20 scoring the only goal of the match in the 38th minute off a beautiful cross from Heather Hines '19. Alexia Agnini-Bile '20 anchored a strong TASIS defense that would go on to allow a tournament-low seven goals, including three shutouts, while Teresa Maneschi '19, Olivia Haunso '19, and Desiree Wilkinson '19 all played major roles.
In the second match, TASIS faced its toughest opponent of the tournament, The International School of Geneva. Eve Ryan '19 tied the game at 1-1 with a penalty shot in the 13th minute. After conceding three more goals to the very talented Geneva team, TASIS closed to within two goals when Hines scored off a pass from Penelope Baroni '21. The score remained 4-2 until the finishing whistle.
In the third match, TASIS pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, handing host St. Julian's School a 4-1 loss to end the first day. After another penalty kick from senior captain Ryan, junior captain Daisy Bachofen '20 pulled off a hat trick with assists coming from Maria Veronica Ramos '19, Hines, and younger sister Autumn Bachofen '21. It was Daisy's first hat trick for TASIS.
The next morning would match the Bachofen sisters against their younger sibling Carly as TASIS faced The International School of Paris. After a grueling 50 minutes of play, the Tigers pulled off the 1-0 win when Ugolotti scored once again in the 38th minute of the game, this time off a pass from Daisy Bachofen.
In the final game of pool play, TASIS took care of business against the St. Julian’s B team, beating them 3-0. Ryan scored twice while Hines notched the other goal. Agnini-Bile and Ugolotti had the assists.
Throughout the tournament, Katie Kelly '19 and Laura Silveira '19 combined to record four wins in five games as goalkeeper. It would be a combined effort in the championship final as well, as Kelly played the game in regulation and Silveira was the goalkeeper during the penalty kick shootout. After falling behind 2-0 at the half, the Tigers came roaring back in the second half with only ten minutes remaining in the game. Ryan and Hines once again shined for TASIS, scoring two goals in the span of five minutes to force overtime. With the championship on the line in a penalty shootout, Ryan, Hines, and both Bachofens converted their shots, only to see the Tigers come up short as Geneva hit all five.
Defender Sofia Rita '21 had a standout performance in the tournament, consistently matching up against many of the tournament’s best players at right defensive back. Raffaella Alencar Barros '19 also played a major role in the Tiger’s runner-up finish, as she used her cross-country fitness to play the always-difficult left midfielder spot.
TASIS finished the season with an 8-11 record, but more impressively the Lady Tigers finished 1st and 2nd in their final two tournaments after finishing last in their first two. Great job, ladies!