BY ROKU FUKUI
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday, Dec. 12, an unusually warm afternoon, SAIS’s 11-a-side mixed soccer team, known as Fire and SAIS, won the group championship in Washington, D.C.’s District Sports Division 3 co-ed soccer league. With the semifinal and final on the same day, the SAIS squad found itself in the championship match pitted against the previously undefeated top-ranked team. During halftime huddle, Captain Davide Pini, a staunch Juventus fan originally from Parma, Italy, predicted the outcome of the game and motivated the team emphatically stating, “These guys aren’t used to losing. They’re due for an upset!”
The SAIS team is made up of roughly 25 male and female SAIS students with varying levels of soccer experience. The team finished the season with a 6-1-1 record with a 2-1 score in the final with goals from Chris Czerwinski and Mathew Hess. Co-Captain Alyssa Teddy is looking forward to continuing the momentum of the championship into the spring season.
Fire and SAIS hopes to organize a game against Georgetown. All players are welcome.