Division I churns into three-horse race
|Preston Riede carries the ball forward for his LaPensee team as Mr. Bones defenders Donna Barth and Kyle Arritt close in.
Preston Reide's four goals helped LaPensee Plumbing smoke Mr. Bones 11-2 Wednesday, Sept. 29, to stay within two points of first place in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League, Division I (ages 12-14), standings. West Coast Air Conditioning moved into the top spot after edging ReMax Gulfstream Realty 6-5 the night before, but ReMax moved back into a tie for first after a makeup game victory over Mr. Bones on Oct. 2. At this point it appears that any of the top three teams in Division I have a legitimate chance to win the top spot, so stay tuned.
In Wednesday's game, Cory Wash got the LaPensee offense going early when he stole the ball in the midfield and outran the Mr. Bones defense before finishing top shelf for a 1-0 lead in only the third minute of action.
Mr. Bones fought back two minutes later when Blake Wilson won a 50-50 ball just past the center line and took it right up the gut of the LaPensee defense where he poked it past the charging LaPensee keeper to tie the score at 1-1.
Mr. Bones took the lead in the ninth minute when Wilson got loose up the right side where he unleashed a rocket that LaPensee goalie Whitney Bauer somehow blocked. Unfortunately for Bauer and her LaPensee teammates, the ball caromed out in front of the goal where a hustling Wilson ran on and chipped it over Bauer for a 2-1 lead.
LaPensee evened the score at 2-2 minutes later when Reide beat two defenders down the right wing where he unleashed a missile that Bone's goalie Forrest Schield made a nice save on, but Kyle Seawall blasted the rebound past a helpless Schield.
LaPensee took the lead for good in the 15th minute when Seawall broke free on a break-away opportunity. Bones defender Kyle Arritt came over to challenge Seawall for the ball, but he smartly passed inside to Reide, who neatly deposited the ball just inside the far post to lead 3-2.
LaPensee extended its lead on some nice teamwork between Wash, Reide and Seawall. Wash got it started when he picked off a Mr. Bones throwin and passed it inside to Reide. Reide held the ball to draw the Bones defense before threading a beautiful pass behind the defender that Seawall ran onto and blasted into the far corner of the goal for a 4-2 lead.
Reide closed the first-half scoring when he received a pass from Seawall at the 18 and absolutely blistered the ball into the back of the net for an insurmountable 5-2 lead.
LaPensee quickly added to its lead in the second half when goalie Bauer made a cameo appearance on the field. Wash got loose up the right side and crossed inside to Bauer at the 12-yard mark. She settled the ball and ripped a shot into the upper left corner to erase any hopes of a Bones comeback.
Mr. Bones showed one last gasp of life in the 35th minute when Sean Edwards cleared the ball out of danger to Schield, who got loose on a breakaway. He fired a low-hard shot that Bauer blocked, but couldn't hold onto, and Schield followed up and poked the loose ball past Bauer to halve the score, but that was as close as they would come.
Down the stretch, Chris Martin, Wash, Seawall and Reide each added goals to finish the game with LaPensee on top by an 11-3 margin.
Bauer finished with eight saves in goal for LaPensee who received a strong defensive game from Jessica Lord and Martin, while Mr. Bones was paced defensively by Arritt, Nash Thompson and Edwards.
There was a lot of other soccer action this past week as well as Saturday's "Fun Day" and team/player pictures. Several makeup games were played, so the schedule is on track until the next spat of inclement weather disturbs the paradise that is Anna Maria Island.
IRE 4, A&E 0
Island Real Estate moved into a tie for second place in Division II (ages 10-11) thanks to a 4-0 win over Air & Energy Tuesday, Sept. 28. Balance was the key as four different players scored for Island Real Estate in the victory. Daniel Janisch, Austin Martin, Travis Belsito and Chandler Hardy all found the back of the net as IRE improved to 3-2 on the season.
West Coast Air 6, ReMax 5
Five goals by Alex Wright keyed a one-goal victory for Division I leader West Coast Air Conditioning over ReMax Gulfstream Realty Tuesday, Sept. 28. Andrew Fortenberry notched one goal to complete the scoring for West Coast.
ReMax, which fell to 4-2 on the season, was led by Ben Valdivieso's four goals and one goal from Tim Villars.
IRE 4, Gateway 3
Two goals apiece from Shawn Conover and Kyle Parsons sparked Island Real Estate to a one-goal victory over previously unbeaten Gateway Solutions Wednesday, Sept. 29, to tighten up the Division II race.
Joey Hutchinson scored two goals and Matt Bauer notched one to lead Gateway in the loss.
A&E 8, Danziger 1
Three goals from Zach Evans and two goals from Martine Miller carried Division II Air & Energy to an easy victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus Thursday, Sept. 30. Nicole Botero, Blake Rivers and Carson Wooten-Stipcich each added single goals to contribute to the final total.
Danziger was led by Jordan Sebastiano, who notched the lone goal in the loss.
ReMax 10, Mr. Bones 5
ReMax Gulfstream Realty doubled up on Mr. Bones behind three goals each from Ben Valdivieso and Tim Villars during its 10-5 victory Thursday, Sept. 30, which helped ReMax keep pace with Division I leader West Coast Air. Celia Ware added two goals while Flannery McClung and Broderick West each finished with one goal in the victory.
Harry's 8, Surf Shop 2
Kayla Arritt was unstoppable in scoring four goals during Harry's Continental Kitchens 8-2 victory over the West Coast Surf Shop on Friday, Oct. 1, in Division III (ages 8-9) soccer action. Hunter Parrish, Savannah Schield, Elijah Toussaint and Morgan Welch each notched single goals to add to the victory.
West Coast Surf Shop was led by Giorgio Gomez, who scored both goals for the Surf Shop in the loss.
Air America 2, Jessie's 0
Daniel Pimental scored the only two goals of the game to lead Air America to a hard-fought Division III victory over Jessie's Island Store Friday, Oct. 1.
Bailey Bannigan, Rip Shafer and Connor Field played strong games on defense for Jessie's in the loss.
Harry's 6, Surf Shop 4
Hunter Parrish tallied three goals and Elijah Toussaint notched a pair of goals to help Harry's Continental Kitchens edge the West Coast Surf Shop Saturday, Oct. 2, in Division III makeup games. Kayla Arritt found the back of the net once to complete the scoring for the Division III leaders.
Giorgio Gomez scored a hat trick to lead West Coast Surf Shop, which also received one goal from Emily Rappe in defeat.
Gateway 4, Danziger 3
Austin Wash scored a pair of goals as Gateway Solutions edged Danziger Allergy & Sinus Saturday, Oct. 2, in Division II soccer action. Alex Burgess and Chandler McClung each added one goal to the victory for Gateway.
Cameron Ellsworth notched a hat trick to lead Danziger in the loss.
ReMax 10, Mr. Bones 4
Five goals from Ben Valdivieso led ReMax Gulfstream Realty to a six-goal victory over Division I Mr. Bones on Saturday, Oct. 2. Celia Ware added four goals and Broderick West notched one goal to complete the ReMax scoring.
Blake Wilson had three goals to lead Mr. Bones, which also received one goal from Ally Titsworth in the loss.