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KGU Soccer Team Defeats Gamba Osaka to Advance in the Emperor’s Cup

Public Relations Office        June 7, 2018

KGU’s second victory against a J1 club, and first in four years

Forward Hiroto Yamami scores the deciding goal

Forward Hiroto Yamami scores the deciding goal

 On June 6th at Panasonic Stadium Suita, Kwansei Gakuin University’s soccer team defeated J1 club Gamba Osaka in the second round of the Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament, 2-1, to advance. This marks the second time in four years that the KGU soccer team has defeated a top-flight pro club; the team previously secured a 2-1 victory against Vissel Kobe in the second round of the 2014 Emperor’s Cup. The team also recorded a victory against the J2 club Vegalta Sendai in 2000.

 The game was played in the rain, and KGU players was unable to steal away the ball as they wanted. Though they were forced into an unfavorable position, the KGU defenders fought desperately to protect the goal, and both entered the second half with no goals scored. In the 42nd minute of the second half, midfielder Kazuki Iwamoto (a junior in the School of Sociology) broke the stalemate and scored, deftly reacting to a loose ball with a blast from his right foot that shook the goal netting. Though the KGU players were ecstatic, Gamba Osaka scored just three minutes later, and the game headed into extra time.

Enthusiastic fans in the stands

Enthusiastic fans in the stands

 The game was played in the rain, and KGU players was unable to steal away the ball as they wanted. Though they were forced into an unfavorable position, the KGU defenders fought desperately to protect the goal, and both teams went scoreless in the first half. In the 42nd minute of the second half, midfielder Kazuki Iwamoto (a junior in the School of Sociology) broke the stalemate and scored, deftly reacting to a loose ball with a blast from his right foot that shook the goal netting. Though the KGU players were ecstatic, Gamba Osaka scored just three minutes later, and the game headed into extra time.

 The resilient KGU team shifted the momentum of the match at the two-minute mark of extra time, when rookie forward Hiroto Yamami, who came on as a substitute, scored a splendid goal. Though the Gamba Osaka team fired away at the goal over and over, the goalkeeper and the KGU defenders kept them at bay. Once the match was decided, the KGU players erupted with joy.

 KGU will face Tokyo Verdy, a J2 club, in the next round of the Emperor’s Cup on July 11th,