The hysteria was rising, the atmosphere was electric and the stage was set for GOALZZZ ’11, IMNU’s national B-school football tournament. As always, teams from across the nation started their campaigns for the coveted title of the ultimate winner.
The tournament kicked off with a match with the MICA team dominating the last year’s runner-ups K J Somaiya with a 3-0 win. JaiminTrivedi, from MICA, scored a spectacular goal from the half-line by in the 12th minute. 10 minutes into the 2nd half, K J Somaiya compounded their problems by giving up a penalty due to a hand-ball. Suhail Kapur didn’t miss the gift, giving MICA its 2nd goal in the 35th minute. In the 43rd minute Pratap Gaul took the match away from K J Somaiya when he netted a through ball from the half line.
Emotions ran high for the 2nd match of the day, where the home team, IMNU battled bravely against the defending champions IIM-A. IMNU defended solidly for much of the 1st half and caused IIM-A plenty of trouble. The home side goal-keeper Pranav made some valiant saves. But IIM-A’s superior possession and constant penetration into IMNU’s defenses finally paid off in the 23rd minute when Luca’s cross deflected into the net from the far post. IMNU’s dreams were still alive till the death when IIM-A’s Abdul finished off the match in the 48th minute earning his team a 2nd goal. The match ended with a score-line of 2-0 and 2 points in the bag for IIM-A.
In the day’s final match, K J Somaiya recovered brilliantly from its defeat earlier in the day to win with a score of 4-1 against Sydenham (Mumbai). Utkarsh gave Somaiya their first 3 goals in the 6th, 11th and 18th minutes, scoring the first hat-trick of the tournament for himself and giving the team a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd half, Samyajeet from Somaiya scored in the 37th minute to make the score 4-0. Just when it seemed like Sydenham would go score-less Kaushal scored for them in the 44th minute and the match ended with Somaiya winning with a score of 4-1 and earning 2 precious points.
At the end of the day, MICA, IIM-A and K J Somaiya had 2 points each. Somaiya’s Utkarsh was by far the leading scorer with 3 goals to his credit.
Courtesy: Chintan Dharmani