JCU starts the game on a low tone, allowing the opponents to play more and earn space in the zone. Due to some JCU inattention, ESN is very close to score and take the lead in three occasions. However, our Gladiators suddenly reacts with Ortega (25′) who unblocks the situation and score. ESN doesn’t stop and ties the result thanks to Christian Zech (41′). At 44′ of the game, JCU player Bruni finds the goal that closes the first half with JCU leading for 2-1.
The second half is all downhill for JCU. Our Gladiators get back into the game with a more determined mindset and begin to score one goal after the other thanks to Haddad (51′ – 68′), Ortega (55′), Bruni (66′), and Ottati (75′).
Luca Ottati’s Goal – JCU vs ESN
“If we look at the result, it might seem like an easy game, but it wasn’t certainly the case,” coach Concari points out. “At the beginning, my fear that the team could underestimate the opponents turned out to be right. We could have risked to lose the game. I hope that I won’t ever have to see again the arrogance with which the team faced the first part of the game.”
Now the important thing is that you take home other 3 important points for the ranking, but be careful to underrate your rivals next time!
In the first part of the match, JCU is able to keep a steady rhythm, playing well and putting on a balanced game. However, the first half ends with UNINT advantage, but JCU still remains clutched to the opposing team thanks to our captain Palazzi‘s goal. The result is 2-1 for UNINT.
In the second half, our Gladiators drop the energy a little, and UNINT exploits the situation scoring other two goals. However, Palazzi is still able to pierce the opponents’ goalie with a second goal.
“I want to congratulate with my team for how they played considering that we were only 7 players overall,” coach Franceschi commented. “I see many improvements, and I am bit sad for the final result of the game because we could have even won it. We always find many occasions at scoring, but we always miss them. This is something we need to work more in the future.”
Good job, Gladiators! We are sure that little by little, you will get your win!
After winning all the games in a row, the first defeat arrives for JCU. Our Gladiators lose 50-42. Luckily, the defeat doesn’t weight on the overall ranking, and JCU is still at the top of the ranking.
“We are a bit disappointed, but the fact that we had very few players didn’t help us,” coach Serraino affirms. “We had different occasions to overturn the result, but we missed many chances at scoring. We played really well in defense, though, and we fought until the end.”