Island soccer season - sadly - comes to a close
|Mariah Deal, right, takes one for the team, while Anna Albers deflects the corner kick driven in by brother Trevor during instructional league soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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The last regular season games and the always entertaining all-star games were played during the week of Nov. 2-5, ending another season of youth soccer on Anna Maria Island. The end of the Anna Maria Island Community Center's soccer season is kind of sad on a personal note for this writer and coach.
My daughter Gillian and Morgan Greig have been teammates for the past three seasons, with Morgan's dad Mike and I sharing the coaching duties for our Mike Norman Realty team, which is sponsored by Morgan's grandad. Morgan will be moving to the big field next year, while Gillian still has a season left in the instructional league, so they won't be teammates next season.
Morgan has been a stalwart defender for our team and will be surely missed next season. Cousin Marlin Ellis will be counted on to step in and replace him at sweeper for next season, while dad Adam will be trusted to fill Mike's large coaching shoes.
A happy personal note for me was witnessing my daughter Gillian's first career goal during the final instructional league game of the season! I'd give you a detailed blow-by-blow account of the goal, but I'm pushing it as it is. Besides, "nobody" keeps score in the instructional league.
There were no surprise endings at the top of the standings in each of the Center league's three scoring divisions. As expected, Island Animal Clinic, Gateway Solutions and West Coast Air Conditioning captured first place in their respective divisions. The only changes in the standings saw two teams - LaPensee Plumbing and Air & Energy - move from third place to second place in Divisions I and II.
Last week's big event was Friday night's triple-header, three all-star games pitting Green versus Royal in Divisions I, II and III.
Division I Green trumps Royal in all-star clash
Green captured the Division I all-star game Friday, Nov. 5, to officially end the 2004 Center soccer season. Max Marnie and Preston Riede - LaPensee Plumbing teammates during the regular season - led the way with two goals apiece during Green's 6-2 victory.
Ben Valivieso, who led the league in scoring with 57 goals, added one goal for Green, which also received a goal from Broderick West. Other members of the winning Green team are Whitney Bauer, Sylvie Mariolan, Flannery McClung, Tim Villars and Celia Ware.
Miles Hostetler and Alex Wright, who were teammates on league winner West Coast Air Conditioning, each scored one goal in the loss. Other Royal all-stars are Kyle Arritt, Donna Barth, Sean Edwards, Andrew Fortenberry, Maria Price, Forrest Schields and Amber Wright.
Division II Royal, Green battle to 4-4 tie
Royal received goals from four different players during its 4-4 tie against Green in the Division II all-star game Friday night. Martine Miller and Blake Rivers - Air & Energy teammates during the regular season - each scored one, while Island Real Estate teammates Shawn Conover and Austin Martin also scored one goal apiece for Royal. Other Royal all-stars are Nicole Botero, Jenna Duvall, Zach Evans, Sage Geeraerts, Daniel Janisch and Kyle Parsons.
Green was led by league scoring leader Joey Hutchinson's three goals and also received one goal from Gateway Solutions teammate Matt Bauer in the tie. Other Green all-stars are Garrett Chaplinsky, Kyle Crum, Matt Danziger, Cameron Ellsworth, Joey Garbus, Marianne Robinson, Jordan Sebastiano and Austin Wash.
Division III battle a tie
The Division III all-star game was a game of comebacks that twice saw Royal come back from a two-goal deficit to tie the first of the three all-star games played Friday night at the Center. Green opened up a 2-0 first-half lead on goals from Jonah Castor of Jessie's Island Store and Daniel Pimental of Air America. Royal fought back to tie the score on goals from Sam Albon and Kayla Arritt, but Green retook the lead when Trevor Bystrom and Ryan Gilman answered with goals to give Green a 4-2 lead.
Royal battled back to tie the game when Giorgio Gomez scored two goals on long shots to end the game 4-4.
Other Royal all-stars are Andrew Crowton, Denver Hardy, Dayle Hoffman, Hunter Parrish, Geoffrey Pinter, Emily Rappe, Savannah Schields, Leah Spann and Elijah Toussaint. Other Green all-stars are Julian Botero, William Brusso, Connor Field, Max Miller, Courtney Schmidt, Josh Schmidt, Rip Shafer and Jack Titsworth.
Animal Clinic 3, Pine Store 0
Trevor Bystrom, Jack Titworth and Max Miller - normally the goalie - each scored goals to help Island Animal Clinic clinch the Division III title thanks to its 3-0 victory on Monday, Nov. 1.
Air America 3, Jessie's 0
Daniel Pimental scored two goals and Air America teammate Ryan Gilman notched one goal to lead Air America past Jessie's Island Store Monday, Nov. 1, to finish the season in third place.
A&E 7, Danziger 0
Martine Miller, Katie Hunt and Sarah Howard each scored two goals to lead Air & Energy past Danziger Allergy & Sinus in Division II soccer action Tuesday, Nov. 2. Raina Lardas notched one goal to add to the A&E total.
LaPensee 8, West Coast Air 2
Three goals from Preston Riede and two goals apiece from Max Marnie and Kyle Seawall lifted LaPensee Plumbing over Division I champion West Coast Air Conditioning Tuesday, Nov. 2. Chris Martin added one goal for LaPensee Plumbing in the victory.
Stephen Orlando and Alex Wright each notched one goal for West Coast Air Conditioning in the loss.
A&E 4, Gateway 3
Blake Rivers scored two goals to lead Air & Energy past Division II champion Gateway Solutions Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Division II soccer action. Martine Miller and Zach Evans each added one goal for Air & Energy in the victory.
Joey Hutchinson added to his league-leading goal total with three goals for Gateway Solutions in the loss.
LaPensee 9, ReMax 7
LaPensee Plumbing ended the season with its second victory of the week thanks to a 9-7 win over ReMax Gulfstream Realty Wednesday, Nov. 3, behind six goals from Max Marnie. Kyle Seawall had two goals of his own, while Cory Wash closed out the scoring with one goal.
Ben Valdivieso increased his league-leading goal total to 57 with five goals for ReMax in the loss. Celia Ware added two goals for ReMax, which finishes in third place with the loss.
IRE 5, Danziger 0
Island Real Estate finished the season in third place after defeating Danziger Allergy & Sinus 5-0 Thursday, Nov. 4, behind three goals from Shawn Conover. Austin Martin added two goals for Island Real Estate, which finishes with a 7-4-1 record for the season.
West Coast Air 3, Mr. Bones 2
West Coast Air Conditioning edged Mr. Bones by one goal Thursday, Nov. 4, to officially end the regular season. Miles Hostetler, Stephen Orlando and Alex Wright each scored one goal as first place West Coast Air finishes with a 9-2-1 record.
Billy Alstrom and Blake Wilson each scored one goal for Mr. Bones in the loss.
Flag football tourney accepting registrations
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will present its first Island Turkey Bowl, a charity flag football tournament with any income designated to help needy families this holiday season.
Cost for the tournament, which is being played at the Center Nov. 20-22, is $25 per player.
The tournament will have several divisions ranging from ages 12-13 up to 38-plus for males and females, and it will be a double-elimination format.
Entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 12, and there is a mandatory coaches meeting Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
For more information, call the Center at 778-1908.