The student-athletes were buzzing from their 12-0 win over Hong Kong University the previous day, noting the highest scoreline of the tournament to date and securing a quarter-final spot. With that momentum, RIASA were looking to further solidify their dominance of the group with another win against the University of Sindh from Pakistan.
It was chances galore in the first half of the final group game, with RIASA pressing forward relentlessly but unable to find the back of the net. However, on the 6-minute mark, Davis cut inside his defender causing an outstretched leg to catch his own – winning an early penalty kick. The RIASA Captain, Angelo Calfo, stepped up and calmly slotted it past the Pakistani goalkeeper (1-0).
It be almost 20 minutes before the student-athletes would find the back of the net, as an attack down the right-hand side resulted in a low cross and a simple finish for Grant Austin (2-0). It seemed RIASA were the beginning to find their groove as just 3 minutes later, Sol Griffin opened his account with a well-executed tap-in to stretch the lead to 3-0.
For the remainder of the half, frustrations grew on the pitch and sideline as the student-athletes could have been in double figures by the half-time whistle but some uncharacteristically inaccurate finishing prevented that from being the case.
The opposition came out for the second half doing everything they could to frustrate the student-athletes, Cedrick Fenelon was man-marked to a ludicrous degree. However, Fenelon’s pace and game IQ were simply too much for the Sindh defender as he ran circles around him for the whole half.
On the 56’ minute mark, Victor Davis extended the RIASA lead to 4 with a slick finish, followed up shortly after by Sol Griffin – who grabbed his second of the game.
The chances continued to come for RIASA and the final scoreline should have been much higher. Victor earned his second goal of the game in the 75th minute to put an end to a high-scoring but somewhat frustrating final group game for the student-athletes.
Onto the quarter-finals!
Final Score: 6-0