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The Annual Alumni vs Varsity Soccer Match

Though the word goes out over social media well in advance, members of the Mustang soccer family know instinctively that January 2 at noon is the time of year to congregate at the main field for the annual Alumni vs Varsity  Soccer Match. Max Fu (grade 12, ASIJ varsity soccer co-captain) offers his perspective on this year’s game.

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On January 2, the current varsity soccer players once again went toe-to-toe against a wide range of alumni in the traditional Alumni vs Varsity Soccer Match. With a turn-out of nearly 40 current and former varsity players on a pleasantly warm afternoon, the annual game made for a great start to 2017.

Through three 30-minute periods, we shared a lot of laughs and played some high-quality soccer—smiles could be seen everywhere. The fun and friendly atmosphere shared on the pitch was a true testament to the family-like ASIJ community, bridging the generational gap between the alumni and current varsity players.

Long-time ASIJ soccer coach, Pete Vergel, elaborates on this year’s game adding that “the fact that the players covered a span of over two decades—from alumni such as Ko Kikuchi ’01 and elder statesman Tomi Brooks ’97 to sophomores like Tyler Cross and Max Kral—speaks to the rich soccer heritage that has come to define ASIJ’s sports program. As the sport now boasts the largest player population across all grades and among both genders, the event is expected to grow in size.”

This year’s game ended with a 6-1 victory for the current ASIJ varsity soccer team.