|Martine Miller passes the ball between defenders Jordan Sebastiano and Matt Bauer during Division I soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
West Coast AC cools off ReMax Gulfstream in Division I soccer
West Coast Air Conditioning rallied past ReMax Gulfstream Realty 5-3 on Sept. 16 behind a hat trick by Martine Miller and two goals from Broderick West to even the West Coast team record at 1-1 in Division I soccer action for youths age 12-14.
ReMax got on the scoreboard first when Ben Valdivieso launched a shot from midfield on the opening kickoff that caught West Coast goalie Daniel Landesberg napping for a 1-0 ReMax lead.
The teams battled on even terms over the next 12 minutes as neither team could break through the opposing defenses. Emilee Zavadil, Katie Hunt and Sarah Howard were solid on the back line for West Coast Air Conditioning, while Donna Barth, Chelsea Crowton and Mackenzie Kosfeld were relentless on defense for ReMax.
Martine Miller broke the offensive drought in the 12th minute when she got loose up the left side and beat ReMax goalie Sage Geeraerts with a left-footed shot to tie the score at 1-1.
Six minutes later, ReMax retook the lead when Donna Barth headed a long punt forward to Matt Bauer, who was waiting just past half field. Bauer allowed the ball to bounce past him before volleying a looping shot past Landesberg to give ReMax a 2-1 lead.
It appeared West Coast AC would tie the score when Max Marnie got free up the left side after taking a pass from Miller. Marnie cut back to shake one defender and dribbled in toward the West Coast goal before ripping a rocket near post, but Geeraerts blocked the shot and alertly grabbed it before it crossed the goal line to keep the score 2-1.
ReMax almost extended its lead a few minutes later when Valdvieso stole the ball at midfield and outran the defense up the right side, where he unleashed a laser that Landesberg somehow got a hand on to deny the talented striker.
Landesberg's effort was rewarded in the 23rd minute when teammate Broderick West took a quick throw in from Marnie at midfield and quickly pushed up the right wing before neatly tucking a shot just inside the far post to tie the score at 2-2, which held until halftime.
ReMax retook the lead six minutes into the second half when Valdivieso cleared the ball the length of the field into a sea of West Coast defenders. Bauer somehow came out of the pack with the ball and poked it into the empty net for a 3-2 ReMax lead.
West Coast AC heated up after Bauer's tally and applied some serious offensive pressure on the ReMax defense. Marnie got loose up the left side and cut back to the middle before firing a shot that just went wide of the goal. Broderick West won the ensuing goal kick and bore in toward the goal alone, but his shot clanged off the post and out of bounds.
West Coast finally broke through when Marnie dribbled up the middle toward the ReMax goal. He dribbled around, looking for a shot before back-heeling the ball to Miller on the left wing. Miller dribbled away from the end line before curling a beautiful shot into the far corner to tie the game at 3-3.
In the 43rd minute, Marnie got loose up the middle again and drew the defenders toward him perfectly before feeding Broderick West, who finished it with a rocket from the right edge of the goal box to give West Coast its first lead of the game.
With time winding down, Bauer got fouled 30 yards out, giving ReMax a direct free kick. Valdivieso curled a shot that had upper 90 written all over it, but the ball caromed harmlessly off the post. Three minutes later, Landesberg denied Jordan Sebastiano's offering from 15 yards to stifle the ReMax rally.
Miller sealed the win for West Coast when she received the ball from Darren Phillips at the 18-yard line, cut inside and lofted a shot into the upper-right corner for a 5-3 West Coast Air Conditioning victory.
After one week of soccer action, Division I appears to be wide open, though Longboat Observer was very impressive with two victories. Mr. Bones, LaPensee and West Coast Air are trying to keep pace, while ReMax struggled in the opening week with two losses.
Island Real Estate and Harry's lived up to preseason predictions with both teams undefeated after week one, though the season is still early.
Division III is all about Air & Energy and the three-headed scoring monster they possess in the Hart brothers, Joel and Adma, and Trevor Albers. It doesn't appear they will be challenged, though Mike Norman's strong defense held them in check with only three goals in a 3-2 loss.
There's lots of soccer left to play, so get on down to the Center and catch some of the action.
Division I (ages 12-14)
Mr. Bones BBQ smoked LaPensee Plumbing 5-3 on Sept. 14 behind four goals from Cory Wash and one goal from Ally Titsworth. LaPensee Plumbing was led by Heldino Gomez' two goals and one goal from Joey Hutchinson in the loss.
LaPensee Plumbing doubled up on ReMax Gulfstream Realty 10-5 to record a Division I victory on Sept. 12 in the season opener for both teams. Joey Hutchinson led the way with five goals. Heldino Gomez added three goals and Troy Koszewski scored twice to complete the LaPensee scoring.
Jordan Sebastiano's three goals and two goals from Matt Bauer paced ReMax Gulfstream in the loss.
Longboat Observer rode a balanced scoring attack that saw five different players score during its 6-1 victory in the season opener for both teams on Sept. 12 in Division I action. Christina Papazian paced the Observer with two goals while Billy Alstrom, Kyle Aritt, Celia Ware and Blake Wilson each added one goal to the victory.
Max Marnie led West Coast Air Conditioning in the loss with one goal.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Island Real Estate foreclosed on the West Coast Surf Shop behind two goals apiece from Chandler Hardy and Paulo Fonseca during a 4-3 victory on Sept. 16 in Division II soccer action.
West Coast was led by two goals from Jordan Hinton and one goal from Giorgio Gomez in the loss.
A hat trick by Chandler Hardy helped Island Real Estate to a 6-3 victory over Pine Avenue Store on Sept. 14 in Division II soccer action. Austin Wash, Josh Schmidt and Paulo Fonseca each added a goal to the Island Real Estate victory total.
Pine Store was led by Alex Hall, who scored two goals, and one goal from Savannah Hendrickson in the loss.
Daniel Pimental scored two goals to lead Harry's Continental Kitchens past Pine Store on Sept. 13 in Division II soccer action. Trevor Bystrom added one goal for Harry's to complete the scoring in the victory.
Pine Store was led by Wyatt Hoffman's lone goal in the loss.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Air & Energy cooled off Mike Norman Realty with a 3-2 victory on Sept. 15 behind a pair of goals from Joel Hart. Brother Adam Hart provided the winning margin with one goal for Air & Energy, which improved to 2-0 on the season.
Mike Norman Realty was led by a pair of goals from Ryan Gilman in the close loss.
Danziger Allergy & Sinus and Cannons Marina battled to a 2-2 tie in Division III soccer action on Sept. 15 at the Center. Christian Elston and Blaine Jenefsky each notched one goal for Danziger, while Cannons was led by Hunter Parrish, who scored two goals in the tie.
Air & Energy rode a balanced scoring attack to a 7-0 victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus on Sept. 13. Trevor Albers registered a hat trick to lead the A&E scoring attack, which also received two goals from Joel Hart and one goal apiece from Adam Hart and Philip Dudevoire in the victory.
Tootie Wagner rode a chip-in on hole No. 9 to a two-under par 30 to capture ladies' low-net competition on Sept. 13 at the Key Royale Club. Roswitha Fowler and Mary P. Miller each finished four shots back in a tie for second place with a pair of 34s.
Dolores Jorgensen matched Wagner's chip-in on No. 9, while also managing a chip-in on No. 2.