Florida Roots secure their first win in program history

Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 9:08 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Saturday night, the Florida Roots hosted Port City out of Biloxi in hopes of securing their first win in program history.

The team pulled it off with a 2-1 victory over the Sounders. Augustin Viva de Lorenzi and Hunter Hall finding net for the Roots.

10 games under their belt before the win, but the roots are the new kids on the block, and they are the second youngest team in the conference.

When it comes down to it, for the team, it’s really all about their roots.

“In the beginning of the year, we talked about, it’s kind of about, for our first, finding that core group of players that we have,” said head coach, Larry Cecchini. “We want to be a local team. We want to have that local core group of players, and I kind of feel like we found them over the last few weeks. Now, that’s something we can build on for not only this year but for next year too.”

“We are still getting emails from players all over the world that want to come play on the team,” said Florida Roots owner, Jonathan Hammond. “We could’ve gotten other players, but we said ‘No, we are going to stick with our local players. That’s kind of what the club is about. It was cool last night to see it all finally come together.”

Even though it was their first win this season and in program history, it’s been a long time coming, and both Cecchini and Hammond are proud of their players for sticking with it.

“These guys were just working hard, I mean, that first game could’ve come two to three games ago,” said Coach Cecchini. “We were just a little snake bitten just not doing enough at the end of some of the games and stuff. They just put it all together last night, and it’s fabulous for them, I think.”

“They stuck with it, and they’ve been close in a lot of games,” said Hammond. “They’ve tied a couple games. They’ve lost to some of the best teams in the league by a goal. Coach Larry and I talked about it before the season. We knew that this was going to be a tough season. We are going to have to kind of feel out the league and see where we stood, and I think we’ve both been pretty impressed because we knew we were going to take some licks, but we’ve been in almost every game, other than Jacksonville, which I think is a team that should probably go all the way.”

Up next, the Roots have a little less than a week to get ready for their next game, in Hattiesburg, on Saturday, against Southern States Soccer Club.

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