On Wednesday the 16th of April a football match was played on the football field of TOS ACTIEF (the field is situated next to Science Park station).
Anyone unaware of the school traditions, might have thought that such a game is actually not that different from the many games played among the inter-UC league.
But most people know that this was absolutely not the case. This time, the two teams facing each other were the football team of AUC and the one of UCU (University College Utrecht).
Between the two teams there has now been an intense rivalry for at least three years. The players of both teams acknowledge it, while their reaction to it seems to be really different:
“One of the reasons might be that the two teams have always been the best in the entire league. Many times AUC has ended up battling for the first place with UCU. Such a thing has become sort of a tradition and UCU has become our rival”. Pietro Zappalà, AUC player, said.
The tension between the two teams could have not been higher than last Wednesday. UCU had, for the first time in two years, defeated AUC in the previous match, not only hurting its pride but also endangering its chances to win the whole league. In order for AUC, to have a chance of winning the league this year, the players had to absolutely win the match on Wednesday.
Such tension though seems to also be a source of excitement for the players of both teams: “I consider the tradition fun. It makes the game more intense and fun to play, both teams give their best.” Salman Bocca D’oro, UCU player, said.
There is no doubt that both teams gave their best. The first half of the game, the two teams had both many opportunities, without though actually scoring a goal. In the second half, AUC was able to score twice. First with a shot from outside the box made by Urbano Moreno, followed by a finish signed by Thomas Souk. Winning the game, AUC opened up another opportunity to win the league again this year.
Both teams proved to be quite respectful of each other since, once the game was over, all the tension seemed to disappear as well. Both from the winning and losing side.
” Both teams played well, unfortunately we were missing two strikers. It would have been a more interesting game if they would have been able to play as well” Bocca D’oro said.
“The previous match, UCU won the game 3-0. We did not expect that they would prepare so well for it, and we ended up losing, due to our misjudgement. This time we were ready to give our best, and the results agreed with us”. Zappalà said.
Now AUC can momentarily relax, enjoying its newly restored pride. While waiting to face Leiden in two weeks the next match will be an away-match and it will still play a crucial role in the overall results of the league. And, as we all know, the inter-UC league never ceases to surprise.
AUC 2-0 UCU TOS ACTIEF/ WEDNESDAY 16th APRIL