By Louisa Wetzel
The Varsity Girls Soccer team returned Sunday from the CEESA HS Girls Soccer Tournament in Bucharest, Romania, silver medal in hand.
On November 8th, our soccer girls traveled to Bucharest to compete against seven other schools. They traveled on Wednesday, competed for three consecutive days, and flew back on Sunday.
The eight teams were divided into two pools. Competing in Pool A were the Bucharest A team, Prague, Moscow, and the Bucharest B team. Istanbul, Kiev, Budapest, and our Warriors were in Pool B.
The first step towards victory was for Warsaw to defeat the other teams in the same pool. On Thursday November 9th, Warsaw played against Istanbul winning 7-0. That very same day, Warsaw tied against Budapest, the score being 0-0.
The next day the Warriors defeated Kiev 9-0.
With these wins, the Warriors ranked first in Pool B. They now had to compete against rank 4 in Pool A which was the Bucharest B team. The girls defeated Bucharest B 4-0. With these victories in hand, Warsaw played in the Semi-Finals against Prague from Pool A.
Mr. Beach, the head soccer coach, told the girls that this would be the most intense game of the tournament.
“I felt a lot of pressure,” said team member Jimena G. “We knew Prague had an aggressive team, but we pulled our team together and ran like never before.”
When Warsaw won against Prague 3-1, Jimena said, “When we beat Prague, I felt like our team had accomplished so much and honestly I was so proud.”
Proud to have played in the championship game, but ultimately defeated in the final, the Warriors took home the silver medal.