Varsity Victory for Kellogg Blue

11 April 2018

Oxford won the women’s Varsity football match on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Cambridge. It was a ‘double-header’ on Sunday 25th March after a 3-0 win in the men’s match. The Dark Blues twice came from behind to seal a fourth consecutive double victory.

Kiah Rutz in action during the Varsity football match, March 2018.

Kellogg student Kiah Rutz (MPhil in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology) obtained her Blue from this match, she told us:

“The Varsity match was definitely one of the season highlights. It was great not only because we got to play in a London stadium in front of a crowd, but also because, unconventionally, the women’s match was headlining the double-header event and was played after the men’s game.”

She went on to give this match report, “We completed two intense weeks of training and tactics (that also involved a video analysis night and regular yoga/stretch session in the Kellogg Hub). The start of the game was nervous for  both teams, we could tell Cambridge were in for a fight and not shying away from being physical. We went 0-1 down after about 15 minutes but managed to equalise soon after. Unfortunately, we gave away a free kick that they converted through a header. We went into the break 1-2 down. We were by no means intimidated and definitely had numerous chances to score. Just after the break we conceded a penalty (that could be contested of course). Our goalkeeper was close but they converted. We never stopped believing we were still in for the win and put in a massive effort. The whole team had worked so hard during the whole season (winning the BUCS league and reaching the cup final) that we would not let this be the end of it. It was a great team performance that awarded us two goals, the 3-3 equaliser came late in the 87th minute! The game went into penalties and we won 4-2. It was very stressful to watch, so I have been told!”

When asked what she felt representing Oxford, she replied; “Representing the University is something that involves a lot of commitment and hard work. Playing football is the main way for me to balance my academic work. It’s an easy way to get outside, off the screen, get moving and being sociable. Our team is great and it has been so interesting to get to know people from outside the College and my course. Being able to represent the University of Oxford is also an opportunity to promote women’s football across Oxford and raise awareness of some of the fundamental inequalities (in pay and opportunities/funding) in sports. I was not quite aware of how prestigious getting a Blue is!”

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