Victory at the 2016 Korea-Yonsei Games, Totaling 100 Wins
2 Wins, 2 Ties, and 1 Loss – KU’s Record is Now 18 Wins, 10 Ties, and 18 Losses.
In-gee Chun , winner of the 2016 Evian Championship, hit the first ball in the baseball game, and played a role cheering in the basketball game.
Korea University (KU) and Yonsei University (YU) competed in the 2016 Korea-Yonsei Games on the 23rd (Fri.) and 24th (Sat.) of September.
The opening ceremony was held on the 23rd (Fri.) of September at 10 a.m. at Jamsil Baseball Stadium.
Korea University President Jaeho Yeom led the opening ceremony. “Korea University and Yonsei University, as rivals and friends, have played their roles as the nation’s leading educational institutions in the past century. Now in the face of new historical and cultural upheavals such as the fourth industrial revolution, both universities are now required to provide new visions and philosophy for humanity and to make successive contributions to the 50-year-long history of the Games,” said Yeom, “universities should cultivate virtues of both intelligence and enthusiasm. Future leaders of college sports should therefore take into consideration the health and well-being of the surrounding community and develop their own informed perspectives and philosophy so as to translate their thoughts into practice.” President Yeom raised hope that the Games, which are in its 51st year, would continue to contribute to the positive influence of sports.
Yonsei University President Yong-Hak Kim added that “our athletes, who chose a college rather than a professional team, deserve to be well educated accordingly to enable them to serve as sport ambassadors for the nation.” He also asked the students of both universities to “disprove Bernard Shaw who once said that ‘youth is wasted on the young’” by enjoying the Games with enthusiasm.
The presidents of the Student Union of both schools also delivered their congratulatory remarks at the opening ceremony.
Hyesoo Park, President of the YU Student Union, hoped that “the Games will promote the culture of mutual understanding and respect, regardless of who wins or loses,” and encouraged the students to greet each other, give way to others, and clean up their area after the Games.
Sehoon Park, President of the KU Student Union, said, “We are all who have led and who will be the future of Yonsei and Korea University. To make our way through the future, we should overcome the discrimination and exclusion that prevail in our everyday lives.”
The baseball game started as KU President Yeom threw the first ball, which was then hit by the winner of the 2016 Evian Championship, In-gee Chun (KU Global Sport Studies, Senior), also known as “the Major Queen.” She also gave audience members autographed balls and took pictures with spectators.
[Baseball] Opening with In-gee Chun’s Hitting the First Pitch … KU Wins with a Come-From-Behind Victory
Cheered by Chun and all KU family members, KU battled back and defeated YU with a score of 4-3.
It was YU that scored first. In the top of the third inning, with two bases loaded and one out, a KU player committed an error, allowing a run for YU. YU then earned another two runs that inning, which ended with a score of 0-3. But in the bottom of the fourth inning, KU almost caught up YU. Jae-Hwan Cheon (Department of Physical Education (hereafter “PE”), ’13) earned a walk, and Sang-Ming Song (PE, ’14) made a base hit, putting runners on second and third base. Then Gi-Dahm Kim (PE, ’14) drove in two runs for KU with a base hit.
KU then changed pitchers to Ji-Won Lee (PE, ’13), who never allowed YU to score another run. Finally, in the seventh inning, Ha-Min Kim (PE, ’14) and Byeong-Seok Kim (PE, ’13) advanced to first and second base, after which Cheon scored a timely base hit to bring both runners home, finally outscoring YU.
YU managed to put two runners on base with one out in the final inning, but they could never move on, as the next batters hit fly balls, resulting in two outs and KU’s victory.
As YU’s offensive opportunity came to an end, KU players dashed to the field to revel in their victory. KU students and alumni in the stands also celebrated the first win in the Games by singing the cheer, Baetnorae.
[Basketball] The Real Game Starts in the Fourth Quarter . . . KU Comes Back from a 15-Point Deficit to Tie YU
The baseball game was followed by the basketball game, which started at 3 p.m. on the same day at Jamsil Basketball Court. The baseball team, who had won with a dramatic come-from-behind victory, came to the Court with the cheerleading squad to support the basketball players. In-gee Chun, who hit the first ball in the baseball game, also cheered for basketball team.
KU’s team of Nak-Hyun Kim (PE, ‘14), Sung-Mo Choi (PE, ‘13), Hee-Won Jung (PE, ‘13), Sang-Jae Kang (PE, ‘13), and Jun-Young Park (PE, ‘15) stayed behind YU for the first half of the game, with a score of 34-49. The game changed in the third quarter as Team Captain Jong-Hyun Lee (PE, ’13), came to the rescue as a substitute and scored the first basket. As Jeong-Hyun Park (PE, ’16) later entered the game, KU closed the gap to 10 points. The third quarter ended with a score of 52-62.
The final quarter was dominated by KU. As KU quickly scored during the first minute, KU gained the chance to shoot free throws and turned the game around. The deficit for KU was only 2 points before the final minute, which was then eliminated by Jeong-Hyun Park’s his hook shot. The KU defense also succeeded as one of YU’s player made an error. Although KU’s last shot was not successful, KU managed a 71-71 tie in a game where they were behind from the beginning.
KU’s basketball record in the Korea-Yonsei Games is now 21 wins, 5 ties, and 20 losses, still outperforming YU.
[Ice Hockey] A Well-Matched, Tense Contest Unfolds
In the ice hockey match held at 5 p.m. at Mokdong Ice Rink, KU and YU tied 3-3. KU leads the Games after the first day with 1 win and 2 ties.
Minutes into the first period, a fierce match where sticks were shattered took place. In the first 9 minutes, YU scored first but soon after at the 12-minute mark, Min-Chul Kim (PE, ‘14) assisted Du-Hyun Hwang (PE, ‘14) for the equalizer to put pressure on YU and tied the match at 1-1. While Hwang was penalized for high sticking and sent off the ice, YU scored a go-ahead goal to make it 2-1. However, KU players continued to threaten the YU defense and took control of the match. Due to the aggressive scuffling between both teams, two players from each side were sent to the penalty box.
In the second period, a nip-and-tuck match continued. The players without time to rest continued to challenge each other’s defense. Due to the brilliant effort from goalie Yeon-Seung Lee (PE, ‘14), the second period ended without further scoring.
As soon as the third period started, a gripping, intense match continued. Nineteen seconds into the third period, KU’s Yae-Hyun Hwang (PE, ‘13) scored the tying goal. YU opened up the lead to 3-2 when they scored only a minute later, but KU did not stand idle. A minute later, KU scored once again to make it 3-3, not allowing YU to let their guard down. The third goal was the result of Min-Chul Kim’s active play. YU’s ferocious attack continued but KU’s fantastic defense was on display blocking every shot. KU started their counter attack late in the third period and threatened YU’s goal. With 10 seconds left before the end of regulation, frantic body checking continued in front of the KU goal. Although there were moments of suspense, thanks to the outstanding play from goalie Lee, the match consequently ended in a 3-3 draw.
Throughout the 60-minute match, the KU team relentlessly pounced on YU’s defense. After the match ended, the KU players embraced in the ice rink and took commemorative photos with their families congratulating each other on their efforts in the annual Games. The KU cheering squad and alumni in the stadium applauded the players until they exited the rink.
[Rugby] Great play. Disappointing 1-Point Loss in a Thrilling Match
At 11 a.m. on the 24th (Saturday), the second day of the annual Korea-Yonsei Games, Mokdong Main Stadium was filled with students from both schools cheering for the rugby players. Perhaps it was because there was a feeling of being that much closer to the overall championship from the 1 win and 2 ties from the previous day, red roars could be heard before the game from the KU cheering section.
In the first half of this tightly contested match, Jin-Gyu Lee’s (PE, ‘13) tackle resulted in him getting sent off creating confusion on the KU side.
From there YU’s Jung-Min Chang’s scored his first try and Sung-Yoon Bang followed with a conversion, increasing the lead to 7-0. Ji-Hoon Yu (PE, ‘13) displayed his concentration by scoring a try and with Gu-Min Han’s conversion, the score was tied. However, at the 25-minute mark in the first half, Bang’s successful penalty kick ended the first half with a score of 7-10.
Because of YU’s small lead, both schools’ fans cheering intensified. Five minutes into the second half Bu-Hyun Jung’s (PE, ‘13) 7 points from his try and conversion allowed KU to take a 14-10 lead filling the stadium with energetic cheers from the KU cheerleaders. However, YU’s counter attack produced another lead change and fouls committed contributed to YU’s lead of 14-27 at the 23rd minute mark in the second half. In the 29th minute, Jin-Hyuk Kim’s (PE, ‘13)’s try and Han’s conversion made it 21-27. KU’s Lee narrowed the score to 26-27 with a try in the 37th minute. Despite continuously pursuing YU, the match ended with KU surrendering a heartbreaking 1-point victory to YU.
Applause filled the stadium for the KU players who did their best until the very end. KU President Jaeho Yeom went down to the rugby field to shake the hands of each player commending them on their display of genuine sportsmanship.
[Soccer] 90 Minutes of Neck-and-Neck Drama, KU Soccer Team Delivers a Record 100th Win in the Korea-Yonsei Games
Following the rugby match, the soccer game began at 1:30 p.m. The previous matches resulted in 1 win, 2 draws, and 1 loss, making this game the decisive match in determining the overall champion of the annual Korea-Yonsei Games. This final game generated a heavy tension throughout the stadium.
Unlike last year’s 4-2-3-1 formation, KU went with the same 4-1-4-1 formation that YU brought to the match. From the start, Sang-Jae Chang (PE, ‘14) fired a mid-range shot to the YU goal but was blocked by the YU goalie. At the 16th minute in the first half when Sung-Joong Kim scored the first goal from a pass from Keun-Ho Lee making it 0-1, it looked like KU’s spirit would be broken. However, in the 34th minute Eun-San An (PE, ‘15) collected a ball rebounding off the hands of the goalie and shot again scoring the equalizer. Continuing the momentum in the 42nd minute, Eun-Sung Lee (PE, ‘14) executed an accurate inside shot to find the back of YU’s goal to increase the lead to 2-1 at the end of the first half.
Moments into the start of the second half, YU’s Keun-Ho Lee headed the attack to get the lead back. At the 12th minute mark, Min-Hyuk Lim (PE, ‘14) blocked a shot from Jung-Hwan Yu and showed KU’s unwavering form. As a result of a KU foul, YU was awarded a penalty kick in the 29th minute but was denied by Jung-Hoon Kwak (PE, ‘13). Young-Jae Yu’s shot in the 31st minute was blocked yet the game’s momentum continued. In the 39th minute, Jung-Hoon Kwak received a pass from Sung-Min An (PE, ‘13) who then passed to Sung-Jae Chang allowing him to shoot and score the third goal, virtually sealing the outcome. KU controlled the direction of the match till the end with a 3-1 victory.
With this victory, the KU soccer team improved their all-time record to 20 wins, 12 ties, and 14 losses and delivered the 100th all-time Korea-Yonsei individual game victory. Also, with victory in the last soccer match, KU recorded 2 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss crowning them the champions of the 2016 annual Korea-Yonsei Games.
KU President Yeom at the conclusion of the soccer match moved towards the cheering section and with the students congratulated all of the athletes participating in the annual Korea-Yonsei Games stating that “This year marking the 51st year of the annual Korea-Yonsei Games, I am not only happy for the 100th all-time victory but also happy that we tied the record for overall Korea-Yonsei Games with 18 wins, 10 draws, and 18 losses.”
Meanwhile, the Korea University Social Service Organization invited over 300 elementary, middle, and high school students from farm, fishing, and mountain villages. These students, who formed a special bond with KU and consistently received community service and mentoring, attended the opening baseball game. The Korea University Student Body continued their efforts to help handicapped and disabled groups by preparing designated seating and ensuring that students with severe disabilities could comfortably enjoy the annual Korea-Yonsei Games.