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Capturing its second consecutive World Cup championship, the University of Texas (UT) defeated Texas State University by a score of 130*-70 in the finals of World Cup VII. Margo Aleman, one of the many newcomers to Texas Quidditch, caught the snitch to complete UT’s title defense.
The game began with Texas State, who defeated Emerson College in the semifinals, firmly in control. Chaser Tyrell Williams, a standout for Texas State all tournament long, scored the first goal of the game, spectacularly spinning past UT defenders, while teammate Richard Kemp added two goals and an assist of his own. UT mustered two goals during this early portion of the game on a goal and an assist from keeper and Captain Augustine Monroe, bringing the score to 40-20 in Texas State’s favor.
Meanwhile, the beater game was wild and scrappy. Assistant referees issued multiple yellow cards to beaters from both teams, resulting in many changes of bludger control.
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As the game progressed, Texas State’s passing deteriorated heavily. Monroe was able to intercept several Texas State passes and Texas State’s turnovers soon outnumbered its goals. With the score at 50-30, UT exploded for six consecutive goals to put Texas State out of snitch range. During this critical stretch of the World Cup final, UT continued to make key stops on defense, holding Texas State at 50 points.
With the snitch catch looming, Eric Reyes pulled Texas State back within 30 points, but Aryan Ghoddossy responded for UT, scoring a goal in transition. Although a Tyrell Williams fast break goal put Texas State in snitch range again, UT seeker Margo Aleman was clearly putting heavy pressure on the snitch, who had returned to the pitch. Aleman dove several times, using a long wingspan to come within inches of the snitchsock. Finally, Aleman ripped the snitchsock from snitch Tanner Morris and with no beaters around, the snitch referee signaled “good” immediately.
In addition to giving UT its second World Cup Championship, the win against Texas State improved UT to 9-0 at World Cup VII and gave it its first tournament victory of the season. Texas State fell to 7-2 for the tournament but exceeded all expectations by advancing to the World Cup finals.
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