Wednesday, February 18th marked an important day for JCU athletics, as both our female and male Gladiators played their first and second games of the championship. The evening started with a Pep Rally organized by Student Government and the Athletics department, who provided music, food, and entertainment as fans crowded the campus to show their support. A special thanks to Marta Cangiula for aiding with the logistics, and for her “head gladiator” spirit.
The Gladiators faced AUR in the most anticipated game of the season.
The game got off to a rocky start, with the AUR captain scoring a goal within the first few minutes. JCU came back strong with Landi and Russo taking control of the midfield, and brining up the score to an even 1-1, thanks to a lovely goal by Ludovichetti.The Gladiators pressured AUR defense who found themselves in great difficulty, as they faced Romano who scored another goal, securing the advantage of the Gladiators at 2-1.The third goal for our Gladiators came about as a result of AUR defence scoring an own goal from passed by Russo.
The second half of the game saw the Gladiators climb to 4-1, thanks to a strong corner kick goal by Rusescu.
At the end of the match, coach Concari was very pleased with the result of having secured a victory against such a strong team: “I am very happy with the way the team played and, thanks to great support of the JCU community, were more determined than usual to bring home this important victory that opened the championships.”
Come show your support as our Gladiators take on Erasmus next Monday, February 23rd.
After last week’s victory in the TimeSport Cup, the JCU Lady Gladiators maintained first place in the league, through a victory against Link Campus Erasmus.
Although the game got off to a slow start where the Gladiators missed a few occasions to score, and were under 1-0, Alexandra balanced the score. After few moments however, Link Campus managed to score again after catching the goalie off-guard and leaving JCU behind at 2-1.
Coach Paolo’s substitutions paved the way for a fantastic come back for JCU. In only 15 minutes JCU were leading 7-2, thanks to four goals from Madeleine, one by Maria, and one by Emily.
The defense played strong; Alyssa managed to steer the ball far from the goal, Valeria and Andrea broke up the opponent’s game while Sammy and Emilia were alert in attack maintaining ball possession.
Congratulations to our Gladiators!
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