Cal Poly came into Day 2 of the Silicon Valley 7s tournament with a 1-1 record from the day before. It was a “win or go home” style tournament for the Mustangs now, and they did not want to be the first team to leave the stadium Sunday. Their first matchup featured an up and coming USC team who placed in the top 8 in the Treasure Island Sevens tourney a couple weekends back. USC came out strong, controlling possession early on and driving Cal Poly down the field. Poly held strong, refusing to let up a try, and eventually found themselves marching down the pitch to score their own. Apart from a try leaked off a penalty, Cal Poly displayed solid defensive efforts as well as a patient yet effective attack, resulting in a 12-5 victory.
Cal Poly’s next opponent was division rivals, San Diego State. Cal Poly started the game driving down the field on the Aztecs, working the ball side to side and recycling it with confidence. A turnover gave SDSU the ball, which allowed them to display their dangerous sideline-to-sideline passing and speed. The Aztecs proceeded to score multiple tries, putting the Mustangs down early. SDSU’s lead grew until it was too big for the Mustangs to come back from, with a final score of 27-10 favoring the Aztecs.
With the loss to San Diego State, Cal Poly finished 4th out of 8 teams for the tourney. This weekend culminated the fall portion of Poly’s sevens season. However, the Mustangs have their hopes up for a Nationals bid in the spring, giving them the opportunity to take home more hardware after XV’s season is complete. Cal Poly Sevens took huge strides forward this fall season, proving they can finish out close games and compete with top teams. Poly’s team also consisted of a very talented rookie class, which shows great signs of a solid future in years to come.
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