SIS hosts AISA boys soccer tournament


Phillip Kim (12) throws the ball back into the field

From April 14-15, SIS hosted the Association of International Schools in Asia (AISA) tournament for boys varsity soccer. SIS competed against KIS, KIS Jeju (KISJ), Kaohsiung American School (KAS), Senri-Osaka International School (SOIS), and Yokohama International School (YIS), ultimately finishing fifth.

On the first day, the teams were divided into two pools of three schools to determine the preliminary rankings. Pool A consisted of KISJ, KIS, and YIS, while Pool B consisted of SIS, SOIS, and KAS. On Apr. 15, a single-elimination bracket was held to determine the final rankings.

SIS defeated KAS 4-1, fueled by the energy of students cheering the players, but lost to SOIS 2-3 during the preliminaries, placing SIS in the quarterfinals. On the second day, SIS fell short against KIS 2-3, but won against KISJ 2-1, placing SIS fifth in the tournament.

“There were advantages to playing at home, such as our familiarity with the small soccer field, ” Alex Nam (11), boys soccer player, said. “SIS’s field is smaller compared to other schools; since we were so used to it, we used it advantageously both offensively and defensively.”

The tournament ended with an awards ceremony and a banquet. Daniel Kim (12) and Sean Choi (12) received the AISA all conference award.