Needing to win all their remaining games to have a chance at making the SISAC play-offs. ISNS had high hopes for the MS boys and girls soccer teams when RDF came to town. The girls started well and went up 1-0 early, however a lapse in concentration and a lucky deflection saw RDF draw level. The girls couldn’t take any of the chances on offer and the score remained locked at 1-1. The boys looked to secure their first win in the SISAC league. Going up early in the game, allowed some bench players the opportunity to get some game time. RDF rallied and scored some quick goals so Coach Ben-Sira quickly made some substitutions and the Phoenix roared home to their first victory 5-3. v RDF Boys 5-3, Girls 1-1
The Phoenix MS Soccer teams traveled to the home of the QSI Dragons ready to fight fire with fire. However, the QSI girls had other ideas and put in a dominant performance which the Phoenix girls couldn’t respond to, final score 0-7. Looking to put in an improved performance the Phoenix boys battled hard to stay in the arm wrestle but unfortunately couldn’t finish opportunities to close the game out and QSI went ahead to win 1-3. v QSI Boys 1-3, Girls 0-7
The boys were looking for their second win of the season. However, BASIS had other ideas and went out to an early lead. ISNS managed to peg a few goals back but the damage was already done and the score finished 3-5. The Phoenix girls were looking to bounce back and put in a good performance for the home crowd. The girls went up early in the game and looked to have this one in the bag. ISNS had plenty of opportunities to go ahead and seal the victory but, couldn’t get a good shot on goal. BASIS fort back and equalized and the game finished in a 1-1 draw. v BASIS Boys 3-5, Girls 1-1
Both the Phoenix Boys & Girls finished the SISAC league in 6thplace. With most of the players eligible to play again next year, the future looks bright for our MS Soccer Teams.
SISAC Playoffs Boys 6th, Girls 6th
ISNS had the honor of hosting the Boys and Girls Middle School Soccer Pearl River Conference Tournament. It was shaping up to be a fantastic day after the boys got off to a great start with a 2-1 victory over CIS. The boys then had to face the hotly favored BSG side. This was a lesson in clinical football as BSG put on 9 unanswered goals. The boys still had a chance of getting a top 3 place if they could beat QSI in the playoff game. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. QSI put in a dominant performance and won the game 3-0. The boys ended finishing the PRC in 4thplace.
The girls had a difficult task in a pool with some strong competition. Playing against AISG the eventual tournament winners, proved to be a difficult task as the girls went down 0-5. The girls then went on to play CIS in a closer game. There was no shortage of opportunities, but the Phoenix girls just couldn’t find the back of the net. In their final game of the season, they faced BSG. At the end of a long hot day, BSG still had a little more left in the tank and managed to squeeze out a 3-0 victory. The score didn’t truly reflect the nature of the game. The Phoenix girls ended up finishing 6thin the PRC league.
PRC @ISNS Boys
· V BSG 0-9
· V CIS 2-1
· QSI playoff 0-3 4thplace
PRC @ISNS Girls
· V AISG 0-5
· V CIS 0-3
· BSG playoff 0-3 6thplace
After a much-anticipated wait, the MS badminton season got underway. The SISAC Exchange saw students from 6 different schools compete. This event was a warmup for the main PRC tournaments and gave Coach Sewards a chance to see his squad in action. Here are the final results from the Exchange.
The Phoenix HS volleyball faced their first big challenge of the SISAC season when they traveled to the home of the QSI Dragons. After the holiday it was a rusty performance by both the boys and girls. The boys still managed to grind out a tough victory winning 2-0. It was a different story for the girls who couldn’t get themselves into the lead and hold on.
· B 25-21, 25-19
· G 17-25, 17-25
Looking to get their season back on track the Phoenix took a trip to the SWIS Rocs. The girls looked hungry for a better performance and they delivered. Taking it to SWIS and winning the game in 2 sets. The boys quickly showed why they are at the top of the table as they got their combinations clicking and took the game 2-0.
· B 25-14, 25-18
· G 25-12, 25-15
NCPA, who isn’t part of the SISAC league came to town. The home team had a great crowd after the hype video from Mr. Chernock and they were treated to two of the games of the season. The girls dropped the first set against a strong serving and determined NCPA side. The Phoenix girls dug deep and fought back to take the second set in a dominant fashion. Going into the 3rdset with the momentum the Phoenix girls were able to treat the crowd to a thriller and just edge ahead. Winning the game 2-1. The boy’s game was a similar story with NCPA starting fast and going to a 12-0 lead. In the unfamiliar place of being behind, the Phoenix boys had to draw on the crowds energy to help get them into the game. In what was an epic 1stset the Phoenix boys managed to get ahead and take the lead before the scoreboard ran out of numbers 31-29. The second set was another battle, but the Phoenix managed to edge ahead early and never looked back.
· B 31-29, 25-20
· G 18-25, 25-9, 16-14
The SIS Geckos came to the Phoenix Firepit and looked ready to play. The girls had to fight hard against a bigger formidable opponent. Never giving up and making the most of some good service runs, the Phoenix managed to beat the Geckos for the second time this season in 2 sets. SIS boys looked good early on but couldn’t stay with the hot running Phoenix. A powerful display in attack took the game out of reach for the Geckos as they went down 2-0 to the Phoenix.
· B 25-19, 25-17
· 25-19, 25-22
Heading into the end of season PRC Tournaments the boys were high on confidence and quickly showed why they were the number 1 seed. As they dismantled the CIS Cougars in 2 sets and then took it to the TIS Tigers, last years champions. They faced an unknown UISG Wolves side in the final. The wolfpack made a good start, but Coach Rogers made some adjustments and eventually ran down the Wolves. UISG had no answers for the power game of the Phoenix hitters. The HS Boys finished the PRC season unbeaten and champions.
· V TIS 25-11, 25-13
· V CIS 25-16, 25-6
· V UISG 25-11, 25-10 1stplace
The Phoenix girls were looking to continue their form from the PRC exchange where they finished 1st. However, travelling and an early start proved to be a problem for the Phoenix girls. Facing a familiar opponent NCPA the Phoenix girls struggled to build any leads as both sets went deep, with NCPA taking them out by 5 points. The Phoenix girls had to regroup and get ready for a strong TIS Tigers side who didn’t make the PRC exchange. Again, going deep in the first set, eventually losing by 5 points. This proved to be a setback for the Phoenix as they couldn’t get it back together and lost the second set. Too many missed serves and unforced errors put the team under pressure. In the play-off section the girls managed to find their mojo and things started to click. They were taken deep in each set by the CIS Cougars, but managed to hold on and win 2-0. Finishing the PRC season in 5thplace was not part of the plan, after the early season form. But it was a testament to the even level of competition.
· V NCPA 20-25, 20-25
· V TIS 20-25, 17-25
· V CIS playoff 25-20, 25-19 5thplace
Looking for redemption the Phoenix girls came out hot. A strong serving performance proved to be too much for the younger RDF Eagles. The Phoenix managed to close the game out in 2 sets. Coach Rogers decided to test the depth of the boys squad as he gave the bench players more time on the court. RDF was overwhelmed by the passing and hitting of the hot Phoenix attack. The Phoenix boys took the game out in 2 sets.
· B 25-10, 25-6
· G 25-9, 25-9
Coming up is ACAMIS at Xiamen International School. Also, both teams have qualified for the SISAC Playoffs on October 29th. ISNS will host the boys and the girls will travel to SWIS.
ACAMIS Gold Division Soccer
Both the Phoenix High School soccer teams traveled to Hangzhou for the 2019 ACAMIS Gold Division Soccer Tournament.
The Phoenix girls got off to a great start in their ACAMIS campaign with a 3-0 victory over the Sea Dragons. Coach B was happy with the teams' performance and urged them to rest and recover for the remaining games.
Friday was a big day with a lot of games being played. The Phoenix looked to start the day like they finished the previous. After a rousing motivational speech from Coach Powers, the girls rallied to score in the first few minutes. However, the XIS Dolphins had other ideas. On a bumpy field, the Phoenix didn't make the most of their opportunities and eventually found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-2 scoreline. This was not something they could rectify.
Coach B looked to lift his team for their next game against the home team, HIS Dragons. The Dragons looked to be a strong side with some flair in the midfield and some impressive performances behind them. The Phoenix girls entered the battle with a positive mindset, as always. Unfortunately, some niggly injuries and only having a 10 member squad started to take its toll. The Phoenix flames were put out by the HIS Dragons in a 1-4 loss. Coach B said, “a hard day of soccer is still better than a good day at school.”
With the final positions already secured, the final game of the day against the hotly favored NAIS Tigers was a formality. Both the coaches experimented with different formations, trying to out-fox each other in preparation for the semi-final clash the following day. The Tigers roared to an early lead and never looked back. Even though the final scoreline was 0-9, Phoenix goalkeeper Kelly was a standout in the game. Making some big saves as the Tigers kept peppering the goal.
The NAIS Tigers were a class above any other team. They proved their class yet again as they gave the Phoenix a lesson on how to play tiki-taka style football. A bandaged and wounded Phoenix girls team battled hard but struggled to break the defense. The final score was 0-12, but could easily have been more if it wasn't for a resilient defensive effort.
In the 3rd place playoff, the Phoenix girls were down on numbers after a few players succame to injuries. After playing all their games on the bumpy grass field the Phoenix girls were slower to adjust to the fast turf pitch. The Dolphins went ahead early with some good team play and a lucky penalty kick. 3-0 down at the half and the Phoenix girls came out with renewed energy and scored a goal, with some brilliant footwork from 8th grader, Teressa De Sousa. Unfortunately, the dolphins replied back and this took the wind out of the Phoenix sails. Final score 1-4.
Day 1 had the Phoenix boys playing against 2 teams. BSB was up first and proved to be a tough task even though they only had a small squad. The Phoenix played some good soccer and went up early after Daniel Gavra made a pin-point cross which was headed home by Lynfid Talamahina. BSB answered back after a lapse in concentration with 2 quick goals.
A head on collision caused some worries within the Phoenix camp, with Lynfid Talamahina having to leave the field to seek medical attention. All wrapped up, Lynfid returned to the game ready to make up for the time he had missed.
Going into the final minute of play, a bandaged Lynfid stepped up and nailed a free kick into the side net to ensure a 2-2 draw.
DAIS Sea Dragons caught the Phoenix napping and shot out to an early 2-0 lead. After the intial leak in defence, the Phoenix boys created numerous opportunities but failed to finish any of them off. Unfortunately for the Phoenix, this left them with a difficult task of winning their remaining games to have any chance at making the play offs.
The home side, HIS dragons were a classy outfit with dynamic players throughout their team. The Phoenix boys came out strong after a rousing speech from Coach Kelley, who got the boys amped up for the task ahead. Presurring the young HIS goal keeper continuously and keeping him on his toes, it was only a matter of time. Daniel Gavara recieved a slick pass and volleyed the ball into the side net with one of the goals of the season. However, once again the team went to sleep and the Dragons capatilised on this and scored 4 quick goals. The Phoenix boys tried to get back into the game and scored a late goal, but the damage was already done. Final score, 2-4.
In a must-win game against the XIS Dolphins, the Phoenix fire blew out. They stuttered and the dolphins scored quickly. The rest of the game was a more even contest with the Phoenix having more of the possesion and territory. It was the Dolphins leathal counter attack that caught the Phoenix out as they scored 2 more unanswered goals. Final score 0-3.
The task at hand was the unbeaten NAIS Tigers. Playing on the bumpy grass field for the first time, the Phoenix boys played some of their best football. It was a game that went end to end with both teams having chances, but neither finishing. Until Daniel Gavara made a great turn and shot into the bottom left corner. A stoic efffort from Lee at right back continually denied the Tigers a scoring opportunity. Holding onto the lead, the Phoenix boys played some courageous football and kept the Tigers scoreless, until the last 5 seconds of the game. The Tigers had a throw, which they quickly took, catching the Phoenix defenders unaware. After a struggle with both teams contesting possesion, the Tigers made a shot that found the back of the net to make the score 1-1.
Feeling a bit dissapointed after coming out on the wrong side of some close games, it was always going to be a tough ask for the Phoenix boys in the 5th place play off. Coach Josh and Coach Kelley had to find something to lift the team. Playing for the only senior in the team and sending him off on a high note became the focal point to fuel the Phoenix flames, as Coach Lanshe yelled “inspire the fire!” as the teams prepared to do battle once again. In a titanic struggle both teams had chances, but neither could make it past the rock solid goal keepers. In the rain DAIS manged to score 2 goals against the run of play. Once again the Phoenix found themselves chasing the game and battling against the clock. Eventually the Sea Dragons came out on top with a 2-1 victory.