Booth Soccer Takes the Tuck MBA World Cup By Michael Jacobs

Booth Soccer Club at the Tuck MBA World Cup where the team beat out serious competition from other top business schools and took home 1st place!

Booth Soccer Club at the Tuck MBA World Cup where the team beat out serious competition from other top business schools and took home 1st place!

The Booth Soccer Club repeated as champions of the Tuck MBA World Cup following a 3-1 championship victory over the tournament hosts, Tuck School of Business. First half goals from Danny Doyle (’17), Nelson Yan (’16), and Dominik Hertzler (’17) propelled the team to victory in the final, allowing Booth to retain the title as back-to-back champions.

Despite entering the tournament with only 14 players and the ‘reigning champions’ target on the team’s back, Booth prevailed creative attack and a rock-solid defense. Throughout the two tournament’s two days, Booth won six straight matches. Goalkeeper Guido Pagani (’16) only allowed one goal past him during the entirety of the tournament, keeping a clean sheet for more than the first 300 minutes of tournament play and saving two penalty kicks during a semi-final shootout. Group Stage wins over Yale, NYU, and Babson on Saturday, April 23 were followed by knockout stage victories over the Tuck Alumni, Cornell, and Tuck on Sunday, April 24.

This tournament wraps up a historic two years for the Booth Soccer Club. The Class of 2016 graduates with three separate tournament victories under their belts: the 2014 Anderson Soccer Cup along with the 2015 and 2016 Tuck MBA World Cups. Special Recognition goes to Yan and Julio Guzman (’16) for being members of all three winning teams. On the other side of the spectrum, Daniel Lozano (’16) played in his first tournament during his final opportunity. "Besides winning the tournament, sharing the weekend with an amazing group of people and a pool of very talented players was the best part of it. I wish I would have joined this awesome group earlier,” Lozano commented.

Check out the following Booth Soccer Club events this quarter: Booth vs Kellogg (May 14) and a 1Y/2Y game to see which class reigns supreme (May 22).