Students Battle in 3v3 Soccer Tournament

Last Saturday, over 256 students attended the 3v3 Under the Lights Soccer Tournament, co-hosted by the Sports Business Club (SBC) and the Soccer Club.

Last Saturday, over 256 students attended the 3v3 Under the Lights Soccer Tournament, co-hosted by the Sports Business Club (SBC) and the Soccer Club. The event took place from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Violich Turf and included a variety of food trucks for both the players and audience members. On the organization of the event and its collaborative nature, President of SBC Kylan Tatum ’21 said, “Part of the mission of the [SBC] is to promote inclusion in the field of sports, so we try to partner with other clubs and involve the community as much as possible.”

On his club’s primary role, Co-President of the Soccer Club Alex Chun ’21 said that the Soccer Club primarily “brought the ideas on how to run the tournament and different rules for the 3v3,” focusing mainly on the aspects of the event directly dealing with soccer. The SBC focused on logistics and overall entertainment. Regarding the outcome of the event, Chun said, “I thought the tournament went well. There were a lot of attendees, and people were having a good time.”

The soccer tournament, made up of 16 teams each consisting of three players, began with a round-robin format by splitting teams into four groups of four teams. If the team won, it received three points; a tie added two points; a loss equaled no points. The top two teams in each group then went on to play in the knockout stage of eight teams.

From then on, the tournament followed a single-elimination format until the championship match, which was played between The Baddies and The Treacherous Parabolas. The Baddies consisted of Marcia Ojo ’21 and Bela Ricardo ’21, who play on the Girls Varsity Soccer team, and Marcos Maldacena ’21, who plays on the Boys Varsity Soccer team. Members of the Boys Junior Varsity Soccer team Matthew Kutam ’22, Joshua Kaus ’22, and Evan Cowell ’22 made up The Treacherous Parabolas. The Baddies won the tournament 3-0 against The Treacherous Parabolas, winning a $40 gift card to Purple Cow. Tatum concluded, “Events like this one and the Ping Pong tournament that we do in the spring are as much about the community as they are about the tournament.”