Varsity 2018 round up: Day 2 – Lacrosse and Football

Team Christ Church headed in to the second day of Varsity after narrowly losing the swimming and (controversially) the dancing, the day before.

Day 2 saw the women’s and men’s lacrosse team face off as well as the men’s and women’s football first teams clash.

There was high hopes for all teams to get CCCU’s first points on the board, especially the women’s team who are undefeated in six years.

Women’s Lacrosse:

In an intense and fierce game, UKC dominated the opening exchanges taking a 4-0 lead. CCCU battled back and played fantastic to get back in the game and dominate the second quarter.

Goals from Noora Virtanen and Cesca Smith drew CCCU close to tying the scores.

Unfortunately UKC showed their quality and went onto win the game 15-5.

It was a phenomenal performance from Christ Church women’s lacrosse who made a massive improvement from last year, where they lost by 20 more points.

Watch: CCCU’s Women’s LAX captain Noora Virtanen.

Men’s Lacrosse:

If you have a high blood pressure, you were in trouble watching this match.

CCCU stormed into a 2-0 lead thanks to Giorgio Michael, but UKC, similar to the women’s match showed their quality and turned it around.

They lead 6-3, but CCCU mounted an incredible fight back to get the score to 6-6, but quickly the score changed in favour of UKC.

UKC raced into a 9-6 lead, leaving Christ Church with a mountain to climb, but climb it they did!

They came back from a three point deficit again to tie the scores at 9-9.

UKC grabbed a point and lead in the final quarter where they eventually held off CCCU Men’s Lacrosse the secure the win and make it CCCU 0-3 UKC in Varsity.

It was an incredible match to watch and CCCU can only be proud of their performances.

Watch: CCCU Men’s Captain Paddy Gilbert.

Women’s Football:

CCCU went into this match as massive favourites, having dominated Varsity for the previous six years.

It didn’t get off to the best of starts for the C4 side as UKC took a 1-0 lead from an incredible effort from 30-yards.

Christ Church rallied together though and piled the pressure on Kent and equalised just before half-time. A high-foot from the UKC player resulted in a free-kick to Christ Church who have their very own set-piece specialist who whipped the ball in. The UKC defence couldn’t deal with it and managed to head the ball into their own net.

CCCU dominated the second half, playing some really good football. The crowds were rowdy with some chants from both sets of fans, even if we’ve heard Kent singing the same chants from the past decade.

Some dodgy yellow cards from the referee, but CCCU kept up the intensity, and it paid off.

With 10 minutes on the clock Christ Church won another free-kick and up stepped No.8 Nicole Pepper.

We’ll let you enjoy the goal instead of describing it!

It was all to play for after Christ Church went in front, and you’d expect them to sit back, but they were having none of it.

They kept attacking and in what was the best move of the match they played the ball from the left to the right wing were Browne scored ANOTHER screamer. GAME OVER. CCCU WIN 3-1. 7Y YEARS. LA LA LA LA.

Watch: CCCU Women’s captain Chloe Woolaway.

Watch: CCCU women’s manager praises his players.

C4 Jets

The C4 jets put on an impressive performance for the crowd in between the womens and mens football games.

Men’s Football 1s:

It was a disappointing day for the Men’s football 1s. They conceded early after pressure from UKC and could have been 2-0 down early on, but  UKC goal was ruled out for a foul on keeper Brookes.

CCCU equalised thanks to a looping header from No. 5 Connor Ives. But they were quickly pinned back and conceded a free-kick, meaning Kent went into half-time 2-1 up.

Things got worse for Christ Church as they just couldn’t find the momentum to get going in the second half. UKC grabbed an early goal and were awarded a penalty with the chance to go 4-1 up. Their striker got a but too cocky though and produced the worst Panenka football as ever seen.

A late goal from UKC sealed the victory on a tough night for the Christ Church Men’s 1s.

Watch: Captain Ollie Mentessi post-match interview:

A tough day, but a point on the board.

Christ Church will look back on this on a tough day of fixtures where they perhaps could have got an extra win or two, but they got their first point on the board courtesy of the women’s 1s team, and every single C4 player gave it their all.

Onwards and upwards!

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Sean McPolin

Sean is a third-year multimedia journalism student and News Editor for Unified. He has had work used at BBC, ITV, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and the Daily Mail. He's an aspiring online journalist with a key interest in sports, and has written for the Mirror Sport and Mail Online.

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