By Andrew Victor
The highly acclaimed and anticipated student sporting event of the semester has come and gone. As the dust settles, and the wounds begin to heal, so too comes the feeling of accomplishment, a feeling that makes this all worth it. Once again, your UMHS Soccer Club took to the Irishtown pitch against Windsor on the night of the 14th of November 2014 in a battle between the only two Caribbean medical schools of St. Kitts, UMHS vs. Windsor.
For those of you who are new to this event, once every semester the UMHS Soccer Club plays in a winner-take-all match against Windsor in a competitive and healthy rivalry in the heart of downtown Basseterre. It is a chance not only for the students to have a much-needed break from the daily routine of studying late in the semester, but also a perfect venue to build school spirit and encourage each other through another medium. Windsor has a reputation in these games as being stronger and more organized as they make it a priority to practice. Naturally, the UMHS Club is considered the underdog in these games, being faced with a high-intensity school pace and the adversity to make time to commit to their love of soccer.
This challenge was not unfamiliar to the students and preparations were made as best as possible to ensure the ideal performance against Windsor was on display. The result of this was by no means disappointing. A hard-fought first half ended in a score line of 1-1, thanks to a well-placed free kick by midfielder Gatumi Aliyu. The second half saw UMHS concede a second goal on an unfortunate bounce in front of the net. However, the team never gave up and last-minute heroics by Nick Sarabalis pulled the game to a 2-2 draw as the final score. Although this is only a draw, it was a huge moral victory for the team. Not once throughout the game did we show weakness or let each other down when faced with challenges. This is a step in the right direction for the team and there are lots of positives to build from moving forward from this game.
On behalf of the team, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all those in attendance of the game. What makes these games so much more special to be a part of is knowing you get to play and hear your classmates and friends cheering for you in the crowd. Together, everyone is part of the team and is an integral component to our success on and off the field. I could not be more proud of the team and the strength they showed on this night. There is no better feeling than playing under the stadium lights alongside my teammates and future colleagues with the energy and support of our school and friends lifting us up. I am grateful for these opportunities and I cannot wait until I get to feel this again.
Until next semester, tu tantum vivere semel