Pictured (from left) are Coach Charlton Muhlari, Charlotte Brewer, Taitlyn Lanning, Stella Howard, Kenzie Atkinson, Claire Reyes, Kensley Hoover, Mia Walsh, Addison Whitman, Madilyn Fann, Sawyer Robitzer. 

Special to Iredell Free News

FC Athletico’s Fiorentina won the championship in its age bracket over the weekend during the NCFC visitRaleigh.com Showcase Series, a nationally recognized event for the level of competition it attracts.

Fiorentina (U11) competed in one of the top brackets. In pool play, they tied one match and won two, including a 4-1 defeat of the No. 1-ranked team in North Carolina, to advance to the championship game on Sunday.

In the title game, Fiorentina faced top-ranked Prince William Courage (Va.) with Fiorentina winning 2-1.

The Fiorentina players were motivated to win for their head coach, Tinashe Mugabe, who couldn’t attend due to a family emergency in his hometown in Zimbabwe, and “they played their hearts out to make it happen,” according to one parent.

Fiorentina is coached by Tinashe Mugabe and Charlton Mhlauri. The team manager is Jesse Atkinson.

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