Women's Soccer Team wins intercollegiate competition
26 Mar 2018
HKBU Women's Soccer Team lost the intercollegiate competition organised by the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong (USFHK) in 2017. However, they stay strong and tough. They staged a comeback this year and finally won the championship.
Women's Soccer Team made its way to the final similarly to last year; after winning all the games in the preliminary round and semi-finals, the team proceeded to the final round to vie with the team of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) for the championship title. The two teams were neck and neck and the match ended with a penalty shoot-out. With excellent team spirit the HKBU team performed extremely well and beat CityU by two goals to earn the title of champion.
Failure is the seed of growth and success
Captain Wong Ka-yan (Sports and Recreation Leadership, Year 4) described the team's achievement as “unbelievable”. She remarked that their team is not as strong as the CityU team which comprises several Hong Kong team members. In addition, the striker of the HKBU team switched positions to goalkeeper this year, so she was worried that their attacking ability would be eroded. In the competition, they held on until the last second even though some ran out of breath and experienced cramps. “We were defeated by CityU in the final match last year and had a hard time getting our confidence back. Despite that, we still tried our best and held onto the belief that our team has a chance to win this year.”
The other captain, Ma Hiu-wai (Physical Education and Recreation Management, Year 4) recalled yet another unforgettable match—the semi-final against The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). “The EdUHK team is stronger than us. We felt so nervous when they scored their first goal in the second half. At the time, we kept up the good work and finally scored a goal. It led to a 1-1 draw and the match ended with a penalty shoot-out.”
The two captains said that there are unfavourable factors in every match and luckily, all issues were resolved by the team's morale and competitive spirit. They attributed the win to the new training mode adopted by the coach who has the ability to get the best performance from the team. They added that during the Chinese New Year holidays, team members dipped into their pockets to finance additional training sessions and hope to get more resources and support from the University so that the team can get better results in future.