Rhodes Scholars win Women's Futsal Cuppers
The Rhodes Scholars' women's futsal team has won the intercollegiate Cuppers competition after the most dramatic of finals against Keble/Hertford. The final, which brought together two of the highest scoring and most entertaining teams in the competition, went to extra time after Sherona Forrester cancelled out Ashton Sanders' opening goal for Keble/Hertford for a score of 1-1 after the end of normal time. Extra time seemed to be meandering towards a penalty shootout, with both teams playing cautiously, and endeavouring above all not to concede - that was until, in the very last second of the game, and with the last kick of the competition, Forrester struck for the Rhodes Scholars to clinch the title; final score: 2-1.
The winners of the inaugural Futsal Cuppers competition reached the final after defeating both Jesus and Saints by two goals to nil in the knockout rounds, with both teams giving a strong account of themselves but ultimately folding against a Rhodes Scholars side playing an entertaining and effective brand of futsal. Special mention should also go to the runners-up, Keble/Hertford, who, after topping their group, went on to defeat much fancied St Philda's in their first knockout match, before comprehensively beating Exeter 4-0 in the semi-finals and contributing to a final that will live long in the memory.
The competition brought together 20 teams, with 132 players taking part in what has been great week for Oxford University women's college futsal. 126 goals were scored over the course of the week, with three coming directly from kick off and only one being a penalty. The tournament's top scorer was Keble/Hertford's Ashton Sanders, whose seven goals put her just ahead of Rhodes Scholars captain Sarah Kovan and Jesus' Katherine Greatwood, who scored six apiece. For a full breakdown of the results and top scorers, please see this spreadsheet.
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