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MS girls' soccer A Team loses two games at Kanto Plains Tournament

The middle school girls' soccer A Team finished its season on Saturday at the Kanto Plains A Team Tournament at ASIJ. CAJ lost both of its games at the tournament.

The Knights started the tournament against NIS in the first round. CAJ lost 3-0 to the Vikings, who eventually made it to the championship game. Coach Charles Smoker said this about the Knights' first game:

"NIS got off to a fast start, scoring from a penalty kick in the first two minutes of the game. We played well, but NIS just played better in a few critical moments. Their star player is very good, and she took advantage of some of our miscues to convert two goals in the first half, and NIS added one toward the end of the first half to take a 3-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, we kept the game close but couldn't break through with a goal. Our defense shut down NIS in the second half to keep the game at 3-0. Well done, CAJ girls! These girls don't know the meaning of the word 'quit.'"

CAJ's second and final day of the game was against Seisen. The Knights tied the Phoenix 0-0 in regulation, but the Phoenix won the game with a 3-1 advantage in penalty kicks. Here were Smoker's thoughts on the second game:

TIS scored two more goals in the second half. We kept on trying and did what we could do, but we couldn't convert on offense. It was a fun game to watch because the girls played as a team, we lost this game as a team and we celebrated throughout the game when we made good plays. Our goalkeepers Rion and Ellen also played well and made some great saves!"

Smoker added these thoughts on A Team's game against ASIJ:

"I would say this was our best overall full-game effort versus a good Seisen team. This was a must-win game for both teams, meaning the loser was done for the tournament. Both teams gave it their all in this game. Neither team wanted to give in or make a critical mistake, so the action was back and forth.

Both defenses were somehow repelling every attack and counter attack. Mina marked Seisen's best player like glue, so much that the girl fell over from being tired at one point in the game. We had some nice passes and counter attacks, but no goals. After regulation time, neither team had made a game-changing mistake or goal, so the score was knotted at 0-0.

We then went into PKs, and unfortunately Seisen put more in the goal than we did. It was a tough loss. But I'm proud of the girls for the way they handled themselves, never gave up, and that everyone was willing to playy in an intense game. We also played tough, physical soccer, and we stuck together as a team. Well done, Knights!

I want to give some special acknowledgement to our 8th grade girls (also our team captains) who played their last middle school soccer games: SooMin, Angela and Sophia. You three put our team in position to win every game this season. Well done! We'll see you planning high soccer in the spring of 2021."

A Team unfortunately was unable to come away with a win this season. However, the Knights stayed within three goals of their opponent in eight of their 11 games.

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