CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN JAPAN
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Girls' soccer wins Sakura Touranment

The girls' soccer team went undefeated on Saturday en route to winning the Sakura Tournament, which was hosted by CAJ.

The Knights won each of its three games of round robin competition by a one-goal margin. They beat ISSH (1-0), Seisen (1-0) and a Japanese club team named Luminoso Kawasaki (2-1). Those three wins earned the team a spot in the championship game against ISSH.

In the final game, the Knights and Symbas were tied at one goal at the end of regulation play. However, CAJ outlasted ISSH 5-4 in penalty kicks thanks to successful shots from Kachel, Rachel, Nana, Kaitlyn and Hyeon Seo. 

CAJ got two goals from Kaitlyn and one apiece from Keziah, Yuki and Alice during the day. Rachel had two assists and Keziah had one.

At the end of the day, Julia was named the tournament's most valuable player. Hyeon Seo also earned the honor of being the top goalkeeper.

Coach Steve Hall commended the team for staying mentally and physically strong through the grueling day, even though the games were shortened to 25 minutes per half. He also thought the team was able to stay consistent in its execution throughout the day.

"Usually there are ups and downs, but we were pretty steady all day long defensively and we had quite a few scoring chances in all of the games," Hall said. 

CAJ's record against varsity teams this season improved to 11-5-2 with the four wins on Saturday. The Knights will play at Yokota next Tuesday evening.
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