The girls softball team finally got a chance to face an outside opponent. They opened the game with solid defense, keeping the game scoreless after the first inning. Consistent pitching by Amanda C. (‘23) allowed the other team to get some hits in the second and third innings. Spectacular catches by Catrina Y. (‘23), Candice H. (‘23) and Adele P. (‘23), as well as a double play at first base by Jasi Z. (‘23) kept the game exciting. On offence, Chloe L. (‘24) got on base with a hit while Danielle Y. (‘24) was hit by a pitch to get on base. Candice H. came to the rubber during the third inning to mark her debut as a pitcher. The final score was 19-0 for Shuangyuan.
The first game of the season was a tough one. Many of our players were asked to play a position that they haven’t played before. Also, we asked players to try new techniques and plays that we haven’t covered in practice yet. To say the least, we were impressed. It was evident that the Grade 7 & 8 Gold girls soccer team has already improved. Many players demonstrated skills that were just taught last week: turning the ball up the field and going to the ball first.
The coach of the under-11 boys team admitted that they play all year round and that soccer is the only sport for most of the players. These were dedicated soccer players and it showed. While our opponents outscored us, we also outperformed them in areas of the game. Most prominent was our physicality. We are a tough group of players and we challenged our opponents battling them for the ball. It was fun watching our team lean and jostle, often pushing the less physical opponents off the ball. Furthermore, we displayed a higher level of strategy as we caught them off-sides multiple times.
In the end, it was a wonderful first game. We were pleased with our growth and look forward to our next match.
The Tigers had a strong 3-1 win over the Dali Vikings. At times the passing was extremely good, and the team was able to construct chances from good build-up play. This was, however, inconsistent. Though much improved as more balance came to the midfield in the second half, the inability to find a teammate’s foot with a pass was frustrating. It caused the loss of possession and a full team effort to regain control. The potential for a more consistent performance was evident and should materialize with more familiarity and as further training sessions are completed. This was a good overall performance.
In our first match of the season, the boys played very well against Taipei’s No. 3-ranked elementary school boys volleyball team. There were several long rallies during which Arthur W. and Enzo W. had several key hits that kept the Changchun team on their toes. Everett K. and Jonathan W. were praised by their teammates for their performance at setter—a skill passed on by their older siblings, perhaps? Outstanding effort goes to Ray H. as he chased down several balls sliding and diving in an effort to keep the ball in play. Overall it was a strong performance by the young Tigers.