The Mustangs had mixed results on the first day of competition (Sat 11/4) at the Silicon Valley 7s at Avaya Stadium, San Jose.
The team opened with a 14-10 win over UC Davis in a wet and messy start to the tournament. Cal Poly and UC Davis have met in Finals (plate and bowl) of consecutive West Coast 7s tournaments this Fall, and a healthy and respectful rivalry has formed. The Mustangs started well, scoring the first two tries to open a 14-0 lead, a significant score in such wet conditions. UC Davis fought strongly and finished with great intensity, scoring two tries to close the score to its final 14-10 tally, with only goal-kicking splitting the teams.
We faced another familiar opponent in match two, the University of Arizona Wildcats. U of A defeated our team in pool play at the Treasure Island West Coast 7s. Coach Tesoriero emphasized the importance of controlling possession against a team with such attacking firepower, however it was Arizona who controlled ball in the first half, and took a 17-0 halftime lead. Key players Alex Wormer and Pat Madden stepped up in the second half, each scoring tries and reducing the deficit to a score at 17-10. Arizona scored a late try to seal the match 22-10, a fair reflection of the run of play.
On day 2 (Sat 11/5) the Mustangs will play USC at 10:20am, in an elimination match. The double elimination format requires us to win four games in a day to win the Cup, with each match elimination. Certainly a tough prospect, but the team will enter day 2 with renewed energy, knowing that each game could be the final 7s match of the Fall.
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