Soccer season gets under way at Center
SUN PHOTO/CHRIS GRUMLEY Autoway’s Zach Stewart puts pressure
on Island Real Estate’s Neil Carper as he scores in their opening
game. Autoway won 3/2.
Kids love to play soccer and hopeful coaches, parents and friends were on hand to provide encouragement and cheer as the season got underway with the first round of games at the Community Center this past week. With three points for a win and one for a tie, it doesn't pay to be mediocre and coaches were assessing both strengths and weaknesses from the first whistle. In Division II ,Panoramic, coached by Wayne Sewall got off to winning ways beating Sparks Steel 3-0 in the opening game, following up with another win against Coastal Orthopedics. Tyler Yavalar found the net twice in both encounters with strike partners Leo Rose and Joey Altichoff both hitting the target. Not to be outdone, Mr. Bones got off to a great start with a win against Sparks in which Michael Latimer scored a staggering six goals. Latimer scored again in the win against Coastal Orthopedics and Ben Conners also bagged one.
It's all tied in Division I with each team posting a win and a loss. Mike Norman Realty won its opener against Autoway Ford as Ross Built faced off against Mike Norman Realty in its first game. Jake Ross found the net twice to secure all three points with Mikey Elsworth scoring one in reply. Coach Dells Autoway Ford shaved a win against Island Real Estate. Neil Carper scored two for Island Real Estate., but it was a late strike from Henrik Brusso that gave all three points to Autoway with a score of 3-2. Zach Stewart and Josh Zawistoski were the other sharpshooters for Autoway. Island Real Estate would bounce back in its next game against Ross Built as Ray
Fano scored a hat-trick, three goals were scored by Ross Built's Jake and Andrew Ross in reply, but it was Neil Carpers lone strike that gave all three points to Island Real Estate.
In the Premier Division Harcon, who had a strong showing during Spirit Week, lost its opening to game to a well organized Wash Family Construction and came unstuck again at the hands of Lapensee Plumbing as Jerry Meyer scored a hat-trick in a game that finished 4-1. West Coast Air's opening game against Lapensee was a close contest with both teams looking rock solid in defense. Lapensee's Jerry Meyer was kept quiet on this occasion and both teams picked up a point as they failed to find the net to finish tied at 0-0. I don't know what Coach Bystrom said to his players after the game but West Coast Air took to the field against Wash Family in its next game and it was a rout. Trevor Bystrom and Daniel Pimentel scored two each and Adina Dicus netted one for no reply, 5-0 the final score.
Skills are being shown across all divisions and it's going to be an excellent season. When a player scores three goals in a game, a hat-trick, only to come up short next time out tells me that coaches and players alike are watching, adjusting and planning the next encounter. Who will take first place in the respective division? It's way too early for that but one thing is guaranteed. the kids, the coaches, fans and reporters are in for some serious excitement.