Forty five of Wharton FC’s most athletic (and best looking) guys and gals descended upon Austin, Texas last weekend to fight for the Austin Classic trophy, the most coveted MBA football (yes, that sport you play with your feet) trophy in the world. With the Wharton’s Blue and White teams playing in different groups, Wharton FC hoped to win it all.
Unfortunately with tournament rules more complicated than a MGEC final, both Wharton FC teams were knocked out early, with one team being eliminated without even losing a match.
Wharton Blue – Duke, Chicago Booth, Yale
With little practice under our belts given all the snow and ice in Philadelphia, and the added pull of going out in Austin on Friday night with our Tunisian canine, Wharton FC did not display its best football. Duke Alumini controlled possession early on, and unfortunately a controversial penalty was given to them at the end of the first half. While Mike “Yellow Fever” Driver, with his impeccable hair, pink gloves and neon yellow jersey, psyched out the Duke player taking the penalty shot, the ball bounced back off the crossbar into play and resulted in a rebound goal. Down at the half, Wharton FC regained its composure and Cris “The Mexican Tornado” Torres (WG ’14) equalized the score with a composed shot from the edge of the box. Francisco “Blancanieves” Barrenechea had a delightful chance for the winner 5 minutes remaining, but volleyed his shot inches high. Wharton 1 – Duke 1.
Still smarting from an unjust draw, the squad started like a raging inferno in game two. Henry “Lil’ Lefty” Elefter opened the scoring with a fine finish at the far post, following some fine tiki-taka buildup and a dazzling between-the-legs faint from Ian “Manti Teo” Norville. Wharton Blue was playing with their tails up and Chicago Booth reverted to incessant fouling to stem the tide. Despite these brutish tactics, “Bend it like” Borja Deniz made them pay after smashing one of his signature free kicks into the upper V from just outside the box. 2-nil to the Blues! Ever hungry for a third, John “Y’all” McClam penetrated the Chicago backline like a hot knife through butter, patiently waited for a cross, and pushed the ball in over the goal line with his leg, thigh, chest or shoulder (those present could not really tell). Up by 3! The second half was more of a pedestrian affair with Henry Elefter doubling his tally following a pinpoint cross from Ian Norville. Wharton 4 – Chicago 0.
Wharton Blue entered the third and final match of the day against Yale knowing they needed a win to advance. Despite bossing the first, Wharton conceded an unfortunate own-goal from the right foot of Chris Torres, our heroic goal-scorer against Duke. Wharton FC didn’t let this “ding” get their heads down and continued pushing forward. Several half-chances materialized, until Mike Caswell managed an incredible cross from the right flank to set up a Henry Elefter strike 5 minutes from time. Knowing victory was essential, Wharton Blue threw everything (attackers, a few empty bottles of Lone Star, the kitchen sink) forward, but were unable finish against to a resolute Yale defense. Wharton 1 – Yale 1.
Wharton White – GSB, McCombs Alumni, HBS
Despite having a clearly superior team and some girl power with Liz “No Mercy” Weintraub, Shannon “Dog Whisperer” Revell, Caroline “Trophy” Merin and Faten “All Around” Alqaseer, Wharton White had a bumpy start against GSB. Our rivals from the west coast had full control in the first half but were stopped by Bernie “El Muro” Perez. In the second half, the team reacted, but the post didn’t allow a beautiful header by Chris “Klose” Wichert to bring us victory. Wharton 0 – GSB 0.
In the second game, against the host McCombs Alumni, Wharton White played much better and pressured the whole time. However, reminding us why Argentina is only known for its strikers, our defender Santi “El Presidente” Nunez assisted the opposing striker in a unfortunate play that sealed the final score Wharton 0 – McCombs 1.
Despite the fierce defense led by our latin LLMs Diego “Break Legs” Duran and Andres “Who needs shin guards” del Favero in the last game against HBS, White allowed two goals. Wharton 0 – HBS 2.
Once our fate had been decided, Wharton FC decided to enjoy the sunny weather and drown our sorrows in consolatory beers and Margaritas. We capped the night with a traditional night of Texan BBQ, live music and mechanical bull riding on Austin’s infamous 6th street. We also had the pleasure of announcing the club’s new presidents: Liz Weintraub, Santi Nunez, Gui Nosralla, Fran Barrenechea and Fred Paglia. With only one tournament left in the year, Wharton FC hopes to defend its title in North Carolina at the Duke/UNC Spring Classic.