On May 18th, the Gzaat football team faced off against the formidable 59th school in an intense match. Unfortunately, our team experienced defeat, sparking a significant commotion among everyone. The 59th school had a reputation as the previous year's champions, intensifying the competition. However, our team encountered several challenges in the months leading up to the match, including extensive preparation for the SATs and engaging in field trips, leaving little time for practice and preparation for this crucial game.
The adverse weather conditions further compounded the difficulties faced by our team and posed an obstacle. With limited experience playing in the rain, it was difficult to devise effective strategies to outperform the 59th school, who seemed unfazed by the wet field. Initially, things appeared promising, but changes to the tactics during the game caused a loss of focus, ultimately allowing the 59th school to seize victory.
The defeat broke the spirits of the players because “this game decided whether we would go to the next stage in the school league or not. A draw or a loss meant that we would be out, so we had to win,” as our goalkeeper said.
Student 1: The game was very intense, even though our team lost I still believe that if the field wasn’t wet and there weren’t any big changes in tactics our team would have won.
Student 2: I think that the team would have won if they chose their moments better and put their head more in the game.
Student 3: Because the opponents were last year's champions, it might have been intimidating and nerve wracking for our players. I believe that if there was less pressure and more practice, our team would have won.
Fortunately, the Gzaat team did not let their previous defeat deter them, as they swiftly bounced back for another exhilarating game on May 22nd against New School. In a spectacular display of skill and teamwork, our team won 8-2. This exceptional performance left everyone in awe of their unwavering determination.
In the beginning, the coach made a strategic decision to split the team into two, a move that initially drew some skepticism from the players. Despite a somewhat shaky start, the team quickly turned it around and displayed remarkable synergy on the field. Driven by their desire to redeem themselves from the previous defeat, they executed tactical changes that ignited their gameplay.
Despite challenging field conditions, our team scored multiple goals, securing a well-deserved victory.
Student 1: It was an amazing way to get back to the top and show everyone what teamwork and great players are.
Student 2: Perfect redemption.
Student 3: Even though the game had a rough start, the players still managed to strive their way to a victory.
Big thanks to the sports committee for organizing these events!
Edited by: Natalie Gordadze