By: Joaquin Davalos
The 18 and under soccer team from Colegio Menor, traveled to Guayaquil to represent the school at the ASSAA soccer tournament, held at the Inter American School of Guayaquil. The delegation was composed of seventeen players from grades 10 to 12, and the historic coach, Cosme Charro. The team left Quito Friday at 6:00am. As soon as they reached the humid temperature of Guayaquil, the team took a thirty minute bus to the host school. The delegation was tired, but they were still anxious to play.
The first game was played at 10:00am against Colegio Cotopaxi. Colegio Menor scored the first goal at the end of the first half; the scorer was Sebastian Martinez from 11th grade. The match ended with that score. Martinez entered that match as a substitute and ended being the player of the match. The next match was played at 2:00am against the host school. The field was full of students and parents from the host school. Every time Menor touched the ball, a big loud “Buuh!” was heard. David Herrera of 10th grade opened the score with a fantastic goal. In the second half, Inter American School tied the game with a header that came from a corner kick. Colegio Menor got motivated by this, and scored four more goals in the next ten minutes, winning the game by an abundant 5-1.
Colegio Menor passed to the Semi Finals and had to play against the surprise of the tournament, Alianza Americana of Quito. Juan Martin Gallegos opened the score right at the beginning of the match. In the second half, Alianza turned the match over and scored two goals to put their head forward. In the last minute of the match, a corner kick for Menor was given. The whole team went to its rival’s area. Nicolas Hibbard passed the ball to Juan Martin Gallegos and scored his second goal of the match, and tied the game. As soon as he scored, the referee ended the match and the match went to penalty kicks. All of the five players from Colegio Menor scored their penalty. Alianza missed the last penalty and Menor were granted a ticket to play the final against its eternal rival, Colegio Americano de Quito. Colegio Americano destroyed Colegio Menor by an abundant score of five goals to one. Menor players were exhausted and really tired; some errors in the defense and the lack of scoring when they had the opportunity led to this result. It was a good tournament overall for Colegio Menor, except for the final game.