The 9th Annual MGCI Champions Cup High School Indoor Soccer Tournament took place on 11 December at the Scarborough Soccer Centre from about 8am to 6pm. Fifteen boys teams and five girls teams participated in the tournament. The indoor soccer games were twenty five minutes each with six players on the field at once. Representing MGCI, a girls team and boys team each played against four other schools throughout the day.
The Varsity Girls team started strong, scoring three goals in the first few minutes and winning their first game against Jarvis 6 – 1. They went on to win their next two games against SATEC 6 – 3 and College Francais 4 – 1. The girls lost to Malvern in the finals, who this year had their third consecutive win, claiming second place overall. Melissa Arcilla, the team goalkeeper, said “I really enjoyed the tournament and I think the rest of the team did as well. I’m really looking forward to future games and tournaments with the team.” Shela Qiu and Rebecca Wong led the team with 11 and 5 goals respectively.
The MGCI Selects Boys team placed 3rd overall in Group A. They lost their first match against SATEC ‘A’ 0 – 1, but went on to win against Riverdale and Churchill 1 – 0 in both games. They lost their last match to Stephen Leacock 1 – 4. Top goalscoreres were Frederick Ngo with 2 goals and Abdel Mahfouz with 1 goal. “We did make some mistakes, ” Ngo said when asked about the team’s performance, “but overall I think we did alright.”
The tournament is organized and hosted by Mr. Fradelos and Mr. Chrisopoulos every year. “We organize the tournament so that schools have the opportunity to compete, as well as giving kids a chance to be active,” said Mr. Fradelos. “We also donate money from the tournament to a selected charity.” This year, the money raised will be donated to Wings of Hope benefitting the Childhood Cancer Foundation, which raises awareness and funds in support of pediatric cancer research in children’s hospitals across Canada.