On a freezing Saturday evening—February 16, to be exact—the boys’ high school varsity soccer team hoisted high a new piece of silverware, the ASIJ Tama Cup trophy.
The tournament was created this year with two objectives in mind: (1) to give the flagship program of ASIJ’s extensive soccer family a chance to compete with teams outside of the Kanto Plains competitions and (2) to better integrate our school into the local community. To achieve this goal, two local high schools (ICU in Mitaka and Meisei Gakuen in Fuchu) and Canadian Academy (Kobe) were invited for a four-team round-robin that took place the week after what was to have originally been the season-ending Kanto Plains tournament.
After a convincing win over ICU and a disappointing loss to Canadian Academy, the Mustangs demolished Meisei in last match of the tournament 4-0 to claim bragging rights to the trophy. We at ASIJ hope to build the Tama Cup into a premier soccer tournament for both the local community and the family of international schools in Japan and abroad. (Steve Harris, MS Japanese & Soccer/Futsal)