Starchitects Take Advantage of a Second Chance
Andrews University soccer intramurals have finally come to an end. This year’s soccer intramurals were intriguing, because after the group stages, the league allowed teams to compete for multiple championship titles. This year, the teams were vying for the Andrews Championship, and the teams that were eliminated from the Andrews Championship were automatically placed in the Andrews Cup. Teams in the Andrews Cup played each other once and the team that received first place on the tables became the winner of the Andrews Cup. The winners of both the Andrews Cup and Andrews Championship played in the Super Cup final.
The winner of the Andrews Championship was a team named Gryffindor, led by captain Norman Williams (Master of Divinity, second year). They had some time to rest and wait to see who they would play with in the Super Cup, which turned out to be the Starchitects. They had days of anticipation to wait for the final showdown between them and Gryffindor. This game was very important for Starchitects because it was their chance at redemption, as they had lost to Gryffindor earlier in the Andrews Championship. The Super Cup took place on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the main soccer field where the Andrews University Cardinals Soccer teams play their home games. This was a great day to play and watch soccer and an even better day for a final as exciting as the Super Cup.
Starchitects lost their first game 6-0. However, despite that loss and other subsequent losses preventing them from competing in the Andrews Championship intramural league, that didn't stop them from thinking positive and working even harder. They were able to progress and win the second league. This led to them taking the title of the Andrews Super Cup, with a well-deserved 4-1 win.
The Super Cup game started off with two quick goals scored in the first 10 minutes. Then a third one came about 15 minutes later. After that, Gryffindor scored one goal right before halftime sending both teams in with a different frame of mind. It seemed as if this was Gryffindor’s chance to come back; however, the Starchitects sealed the win with their fourth goal in the last five minutes.
Akim Young (senior, business, Spanish) scored the opener for Starchitects FC, followed by a goal from Sungming Yoon (Master of Divinity), then Sebastian Lopez (Master of Divinity), and Young again with the fourth. I think that it was great to see a team come back and play again to prove to themselves and others what they are capable of. The main reason why the intramurals were set up this way was to give teams like Starchitects a second chance and some time to build their chemistry so they could perform at their best. From this, we can see that the reasoning behind this new style of intramural was worth it and gave multiple teams more winning opportunities.