Oakham footballers selected for ISFA National squad
4 November 2015
Talented footballers Alicia Schwarzenbach and Penny Skipper were both selected for the ISFA National U18 Representative squad during October half-term. Alicia and Penny, who are both sport scholars, played two games, with Alicia scoring in both.
Both players were part of the winning Oakham 1st XI squad last year, and have previously been selected for regional and national squads.
Oakham School football coach Rob Johnson said, “It is clear to all who watch these two play that they are natural talents, the likes of which you rarely come across. The whole Oakham squad continues to enjoy their success and benefit from their generous guidance on the training field and in matches.”
The first game was against Cambridge City Girls, and the ISFA girls had a tough first half, trailing 2-0 by half time. They began the second half more aggressively, and this paid off when Alicia scored the first goal for ISFA. Another goal from Cambridge City heightened the pressure on ISFA, but they didn’t give up, turning the pressure back on their opposition, who ended up scoring an own goal. The final score was 3-2 in a highly competitive match.
The next day, the ISFA squad faced Cambridge University Women, and they raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening 3 minutes. Cambridge University pulled a goal back before quickly adding another and drawing the game level at 2-2. Some clinical finishing and excellent long range shooting from Cambridge University saw then shoot into a 7-2 lead at half time. ISFA came out for the second half determined to make amends for the first half display and quickly added two more goals through an own goal and a spectacular long range strike. ISFA were now producing some wonderful free flowing football, one touch passing and created several further opportunities to score before Cambridge University scored an eighth goal against the run of play. This didn’t deter the ISFA girls who continued to attack their opponents and a tidy finish from Alicia pulled the score back to 8-5, before another ISFA player found the top corner from the edge of the box to make it 8-6 with 10 minutes left to play. Unfortunately ISFA could not find another goal and Cambridge University put the gloss on their win with a goal on the last kick off the match.