2/20/08 Azzuri Posts 2 - 1 - 0 Winning Record in 2008 State Cup
It is stunning Azzuri finished with a a winning 2 - 1 - 0 record.
Azzuri was on a waiting list and not anticipating being called upon to play. So, to be called upon at the 11th hour on Friday morning, to be given two hours to commit to playing, to put a team together (12 players), show up, play, and win two out of three games is just unreal. And a new team just entering class-1 is not supposed to be able to do that.
Understandably, the one loss was being against the Mustang Mavericks, the No. 1 ranked team in northern California and the eventual State Cup champions. And the Mavericks were an impressive team. And they have been playing together at this high level for many years so they're a veteran team. They were fun to watch and more than deserved to win.
Azzuri's State Cup results:
Game 1: Azzuri 3 - 2 Davis Legacy Heat
Game 2: Azzuri 2 - 0 Turlock Tornados
Game 3: Azzuri 0 - 6 Mustang Mavericks
So, to keep things in perspective, 2 - 1 - 0 is actually an improvement over Azzuri's first District Cup tournament which went 1 - 2 - 0. As a brand new team, Azzuri now has a 3 - 3 - 0 record in its first two tournaments or, its first six games as a class-1 team. Azzuri didn't have the benefit of a whole season playing class-1. And with the three losses expectedly being against three top ranked Norcal teams ( 1, 7, & 9).
Northern California Rankings as of December 28, 2007