The 3rdALC Football Tournament drew to an end after nine days’ fierce competition,with Hengduan House winning the championship, and Kunlun House runner-up.
After the round group matches and semi-finals, Kunlun and Hengduan housesmet at the final, with Hengduan being the dark horse of this tournament. Kunlunhad been the most popular would-be-championship team across school as the team has Verbena Mi, known as a player with great stamina, Kevin Cai, an efficient scorer, and Wilson Pei, a potential football star. Hengduan is holistically more balanced across the entire team, and they have several players in theschool football team.
At the beginning of the final match, Kunlun took the initiative in the field. Wilson, Kevin and Nick, the three frontcourt players, attempted to score alternatively. Verbena ran back for the long-range goal, helping Kunlun to lead with 1: 0. However,Hengduan players did not give up. Just before the end of the final, Captain Jason scored a spectacular goal, making the final score 1: 1, and the match came to the point where winner would be determined by penalty kicks.
Bill Guo took the lead in penalty kicks.Goalkeepers on both teams, Henry Cheng and Jim Lou demonstrated excellent performance by successfully saving the penalty. Jim, goalkeeper in Kunlun, took the kick on his own.Leo, on Hengduan team, secured their victory with a determining goal at the end,making the ultimate score 3:2. For Hengduan House, this victory was a hard-wonone.
Brief on Performances of Each House
Hengduan House Football Team
There are several players in Hengduan House from the school football team. Their overall strength is relatively balanced and they work very well with each other across the team. Last year, Hengduan failed to make it to the final as they were beaten by Kunlun in the semi-final.They eventually won the championship this year as a result of their hard work in honing skills. They were named as ‘the black horse’ in this year’s tournament due to their resilience and perseverance. The critical goal by Captain, Jason, and vigorous assistance from goalkeeper, Henry, made the reversal and their victory a success. Only in a unified and cooperative teamcan each individual team player fulfill his value, which was here by showcased by Henduan’s victory at the end.
Kunlun House Football Team
Speaking of individual competence, Kunlun is superior to other three houses, with Verbena, Nick, Kevin, and Wilson ascore outstanding footballers. Kunlun House has displayed considerable dominancein the match, having achieved several big victories. In total, Verbena had five goals, and Kevin four, who secured the first two places in the scorer rank. Nevertheless, nothing is definite in the football pitch! Kunlun obtained the victory in group matches and semi-final, but was defeated in the final unfortunately. It is believed by all that Kunlun has the competence to strike us with a strong come back next year.
Qilian House Football Team
George Zhao has been the leading player in Qilian who led the team to march forward courageously, given the fact that many teammates were injured during the tournament. He not only won the Bronze Boots, but was also nominated as MVP in two individual group round matches. In the semi-final, when Qilian and Hengduan fought against each other in penalty kicks. Even though Qilian lost two goals in the first two rounds, they still worked together to make the result even.Qilian lost the match at the end, but their tenacity and teamwork impressed all spectators. Qilian football team was assembled mostly by senior one and senior two students, which means that the senior three graduation will not have negative impact on their team overall performance. It is believed that they will further hone their skills and achieve higher goals in the tournament next year!
Taihang HouseFootball Team
This year, Taihang house carries the expectations of the audience to be the defending champion. It was still clearly remembered by all that last year they fought back and won the final at the end. Unfortunately,they had, again, many teammates being injured in the tournament, with the worst scenario of having only six teammates capable to present on the pitch, winning respect of all. Just as people will never forget the Champions League Final at Istanbul and the Premier League Champion at Leicester, ALC students will never forget the miracle Taihang had presented even with the passage of time. Tournamentis not all about winning the championship. More importantly, it is about delivery of the key message of possessing tenacity, courage, and perseverance.
Here at ALC,footballers are capable of enjoying the happiness that football can truly bring them, rather than the pressure of victory or the pursuit of fame. "Memory of those of breath taking goals will not vanish with the passage of time. They will be engraved deep in our memory, accompanying our future study and life,which will bring us irrepressible excitement whenever we think of it. Time is potent to change almost everything, but not those ever lasting memories.
英文撰稿：王明月 Ms. Madelyn
新聞稿指導：韓惠光 Ms. Han
攝像：羅睿思 Katherine Luo