KU Achieves Historic Victory by Winning All Five Games for the First Time
KU Wins 2014 Annual Korea-Yonsei Games
Wins Ice Hockey for the First Time in 17 Years
For the first time in the history of the annual Korea-Yonsei Games, Korea University (KU) accomplished the magnificent feat of winning all five events.
On the first day of the annual games, KU signaled its overall victory early by winning all three of the day’s events: baseball, basketball, and ice hockey.
Following the opening ceremony at 10 am, KU won 6 to 3 at the baseball game held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium. Later, KU defeated Yonsei 61 to 58 in basketball at Jamsil Gymnasium. And finally, KU achieved a historic victory in ice hockey, winning 3 to 2 at Mok-dong Ice Rink, the school’s first ice hockey victory in 17 years
Ju-Han Kim, who took the mound in the top of the fifth inning, led KU’s baseball victory by giving up no runs. Ji-Hun Mun, the starting pitcher for KU, got off to a good start by retiring Yonsei batters with ease. Eventually, it was KU that would score first, with Jun-Hyung Lee scoring a valuable first run after Jae-Hwan Chun got on base to load the bases. Despite failing to score first, Yonsei continued to come after KU. In the top of the fourth inning, Park Tae-won scored two runs on a walk and a hit, turning the game around. With Byung-Jae Kim scoring another RBI, Yonsei managed to lead the game 3 to 1. However, that marked the end of Yonsei’s good fortune. In the bottom of the fifth inning and with no outs, KU loaded the bases off of a hit by Yeop Sa-Gong and soon after tied the game with a single by Jin-Ho Bae. With Byung-Seok Kim stealing second and Gyu-Nam Kim making a timely hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, KU retook the lead 5 to 3. In the elated atmosphere, Yeop Sa-Gong secured victory by hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. After this, Yonsei failed to take advantage of its chances and, much to their frustration, made several defensive errors.
With this year’s victory, KU’s basketball team extended its winning streak at the Korea-Yonsei Games to four years in a row. Yonsei led 16 to 14 at the end of first quarter and 31 to 21 at the end of the second quarter after a series of failed outside shots from KU due to the pressure of the game and Yonsei’s rough play. In the second half, however, KU was a completely different team, as Seung-Hyun Lee and Jong-Hyun Lee, the twin towers, came alive and scored one outside shot after another. KU finished the third quarter in the lead 47 to 45. The fourth quarter was a series of reversals and re-reversals between KU and Yonsei and was a scene not to be missed. Yonsei seemed to have the win wrapped up after a three-pointer by Woong Huh, but eventually succumbed to KU’s strong will to win. KU won by a final score of 61 to 58.
This year’s Korea-Yonsei Games cannot be described without mentioning the overwhelming emotion brought on by KU’s first ice hockey victory in 17 years. KU scored first as Young-Hun Kim scored a one-timer off of a pass from Du-Hyun Hwang. Assistant captain Shin-Chul You scored another goal. After Yong-Won Jang scored a third goal, KU easily led the game 3 to 0 in the first period. Yonsei hounded KU in the second period and Jung-Woo Chun eventually scored with just two seconds left in the period. In the third period, Yonsei launched a series of attacks with little success, except for Gang-Su Lee’s goal with one minute remaining. Although Yonsei’s team launched a full-scale attack with 30 seconds remaining, they failed to add another point to their tally and the game ended 3 to 2 in KU’s favor.
On the second day, the Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium played host to rugby and soccer matches, with KU’s rugby team defeating Yonsei by a score of 33 to 23.
The rugby match was close from the start as player after player was injured or thrown out. However, the remaining players continued their attacks. KU was able to score first as Jun-Hee Lim ran through for the try. Yonsei launched a counterattack immediately. Yonsei was awarded a penalty kick and Han-Gyeol Park scored, enabling his team to turn the game around. After the first half, KU was down 5 to 8. In the second half, however, KU turned things around. By scoring four tries and conversion kicks, KU racked up a whopping 28 points in the second half alone to achieve the overwhelming victory. Although Yonsei continued its attack until the end of the game, it was unable to close the gap.
At the soccer game which began at 1:30 pm on Saturday, KU earned a 2-0 victory. KU was able to secure the first goal as Yong-Jun Huh scored off of a penalty kick awarded to him after a foul by Jung-Hun Lee. The second half began with Yonsei attacking. Although Yonsei pressed hard, it was unable to chalk up a goal. The first goal in the second half was also scored by KU. In the 69th minute, Yong-Jun Huh dribbled through the defense from the left side and scored, sealing KU’s historic achievement of winning all five games in the annual Korea-Yonsei Games.
The annual Korea-Yonsei Games began with a soccer match in 1927 and expanded to the current format of five different games: soccer, baseball, basketball, rugby, and ice hockey. The overall winner of the Games is the school that claims the most victories from the five individual sports.
Over the years, KU’s record at the Games is 17 wins, 9 draws, and 18 losses. Since 2000, KU has led Yonsei with 6 victories, 5 draws, and 4 losses.
President Byoung Chul Kim praised the athletes who brought KU a complete victory by saying, “Please don’t forget today’s joy. I hope you will all become professional athletes who are loved and respected.”
At this year’s Games, KU and Yonsei prepared KU bread and Yonsei milk respectively for the 20,000 students and alumni who came to watch the games. It was the first time for the two schools to give out bread and milk together.
In addition, the KU Social Service Club invited 374 elementary, middle, and high school students from the Youngwol, Chungju, Icheon, Gochang, Chunan, Gosung, Ganghwa, and Gimhae regions, to which KU has been providing volunteer and mentoring services, to the soccer game on Saturday October 11.