Over the first weekend of February 2018, both the B02 Black and the G02 Black finished as Futsal State Semi-Finalists in their respective tournaments.
“We’re really proud of the B02 Black and G02 Black for finishing as Futsal State Semi-Finalists this weekend,” said Coach Andrew Giallombardo, Director of FC Copa Futsal Academy. “Both teams faced off against some really impressive competition, and had a very good showing all tournament. We’re looking forward to seeing these teams’ runs at the US Futsal Regionals in a few weeks time.”
The B02 Black played the first wave of games in the day, opening group play with an impressive 8-0 win over Next Level. They next fell to Vulcan 7-2 before bouncing back with a 7-0 win over Union to earn a spot in the Semi-Finals. The B02 Black faced off against Sole Futsal in a thriller, tying the game 6-6 in the final minute to send the match to PK’s, where they would eventually drop 3-1.
“The boys were great all tournament long,” said Coach Andrew Santos. “We were able to play real good competition each game and test ourselves. Their ability to stay in games, be resilient and get results was the key all day. We wanted to reach that final and win it, that was the goal, but we learned a lot as a group to build towards the Northeast Futsal Regionals.”
Playing after the boys tournament, the G02 Black started off group play with a tough last-second 3-2 loss to OSC Brazil Samba Queens. The girls bounced back, though, with a 5-0 win against PTA and a 5-2 win over FC Berna Legacy to earn their own spot in the Semi-Finals. Going up against DV, the G02 Black fell to the eventual State Cup Champions 5-2.
“The girls worked really hard all weekend,” said Coach Pat Snyder. “They showed improvement from game-to-game, and really adapted well to different coaching points and tactical game plans. I’m excited for this group to get the chance to prove themselves again down at Futsal Regionals in two weeks.”
FC Copa Academy congratulates both the B02 Black and G02 Black on their Futsal State Cup Semi-Final finishes!