Soccer hosts international friendly with Lycee Paul Gauguin

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While most fans are focused on when the next football game is or when the cross country team plans to run up the score at state, the soccer team has different plans.

While in the off season, the team has finally finished tryouts and coaches are starting to up the intensity in the off season in order to get ready for the season.

The team played Lycée Paul Gauguin in a friendly scrimmage October 26 at 6 PM on Hotze Field at Granger Stadium. Lycée Paul Gauguin is actually a school in Tahiti.

How this uncommon opponent came to be and why the team will scrimmage them is a whole different story.

The story starts with the newly found friendship with St. Michael’s College School in Toronto.

The soccer program has arranged to play them at home for an annual battle between the two teams. Because the two opponents did not want to play each other three times while the Canadians are in town, St. Michael’s will play Awty International School instead as a replacement for one of the games. This allows the eagles two games to face the team from Toronto, because a third game with the same opponent would be somewhat useless and repetitive.

In return for the favor of the game between Awty and St. Michael’s, St. Thomas will play Lycée Paul Gauguin in replacement for the third game, a sort of a trade-off between the two schools, (St. Thomas and Awty).

The Tahitians proved more that just a formidable opponent for our team beating the junior varsity squad handily 7 to 0.

Prior to the game the team from Tahiti performed the coolest pregame ritual in all of sports, The Haka. This traditional dance of intimidation originated in New Zealand, and the All Blacks, the national rugby team of New Zealand does it before every game. Playing a foreign opponent in a friendly  match is a really cool way to connect schools and students from different countries and cultures despite the differences in score or ability.

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Simen Borland is a senior at St. Thomas. Besides being writer for The Eagle newspaper he likes to play sports. Baseballs, footballs, and basketballs are among his favorite sports. He is also apart of the world renown Eagle Guard, as seen at any STH football game. Hobbies of his include waterskiing, watching Netflix, and underwater basket weaving. Simen can be seen driving in his black LandCruiser SUV wearing his Costas, while only having fished a handful of times in his life. He plans to attend any college that will accept him.

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