Black Jaguars Win the Fall ’15 AUBG Soccer League
The derbies in the ABF Sports Hall between the teams of Black Jaguars vs. Oldies & Fatties and Dve rakii, molq! vs. Black Eagles were set to determine the winners and the third-place holders of the semester-long competition. As a result of the two clashes, the Black Jaguars deservedly became soccer champions, followed by the silver medalists from Oldies & Fatties and the third-placed Black Eagles. Both games took their twists and turns to determine who was to become victorious.
Playing in the first game for the bronze medals were the teams of Black Eagles and Dve rakii, molq!. The final score was an emphatic 5-1 victory for Black Eagles, which secured their 3rd place finish in 2015 for a second time, after last semester’s win over the team of Anakonda at the same stage of the tournament.
Shortly after the end of the first game, began the final between Oldies & Fatties and Black Jaguars that promised to be the jewel on the agenda for the Fall 2015 soccer league as fans immediately crowded the stands. The statistics showed that in their current squads, both teams had exchanged a win and a loss during the past two months. First it was Black Jaguars who took an unprecedented 5-0 win in the league in the first week of November. Despite the crushing score, Oldies fought back hard in the Soccer Cup to eliminate Black Jaguars with a 4-1 win and equal the win-lose tally in the rivalry between the two.
On Tuesday night, though, both teams were up for a different game compared to the previous two. Hitting high gear in the early minutes of the match, Jaguars took a comfortable 2-0 lead within 10 minutes of the first half. A goal by Nikolay Radkov for Oldies and Fatties resulting in 2-1 created a chance for a comeback. Despite the multiple opportunities in front of the Jaguars’ goalie, another goal by the Black Jaguars meant a 3-1 lead for them at the half-time.
The second half of the game recorded an ever higher number of goals for a final. As Black Jaguars pressed their rival hard with short one-two passes and shots from all positions on the field, goals started to pour down in a matter of minutes for the team captained by Mario Grachenov. With little to resist, Oldies & Fatties conceded five more goals, while scoring two in the process to take the final score of 8-3 in favor of Black Jaguars.
The successive strike of Black Jaguars in the league, continued at the final, won them their second AUBG Soccer League first-place trophy, and a rematch for last semester’s lost final on penalty shootout. The new champions claimed their golden medals after winning every single one of their 12 games in the league and the elimination rounds. They were also the ones to register the biggest victory in the league, a 17-1 demolition against the team of AILIYACITE, an ever-high 88 goals scored and only 14 goals conceded. Their domination in all statistics also included the goalscoring sheet as their captain, Ruzbe Asadullayev, was awarded the statuette for the best goalscorer in the league, scoring 34 goals, closely followed by his teammate Gennady Solovey, who scored 27 goals in the process.
Individual awards and the distribution of the medals took place after the final during the closing ceremony. The categories for most valuable player, best non-student player, best defender and best goalkeeper were won respectively by Mario Grachenov(Oldies & Fatties), Krum Temelkov(Oldies &Fatties), Amir Tazhinov(Black Jaguars) and David Galan de Gea(Phoenix) in a voting of each of the captains of the 10 teams which participated in the league.
The semester was rich in goals, skills, talent and fans’ support. Behind all of this were the co-presidents of the league, Amir Tazhinov, Mario Grachenov and Radoslav Nikolov. Nikolov, a third-year student at AUBG, expressed his content at providing the student body at AUBG with another well-coordinated league.
“In my view, the tournament was again a success this year,” he said. “Everything went according to plan and there were no huge missteps. All in all, another great season passed and I hope the fans and participants were happy with it.”
Fans were also pleased with the approach of the organizers and the finalists to the tournament’s matches. “I really liked that the two teams had to exchange handshakes and take a picture,” said Kiril Zhelyazkov, a second-year student at AUBG with regard to the two games on Tuesday night. He believes such an attitude makes “these university soccer finals seem more professional.”