Runaway leaders can't be caught
SUN PHOTO West Coast’s Daniel Pimental shields
the ball from Harcon’s Helio and Dina Gomez.
In a week that saw Sparks Steel Arts first win become more elusive than the Scarlet Pimpernel one thing is for sure. Mr. Bones in division 2 and West Coast Air in the Premier division cannot be caught. Both teams powered to the top and stayed there with a combination of fiery offense, mean defense and excellent coaching.
It's all to play for in division one with Ross Built and Mike Norman Realty set to battle it out in the closing stages but Autoway Ford or Island Real Estate could be in there to upset the party. Game on!
Panoramic 3 Sparks Steel Art 1
Panoramic coach Wayne Sewall has been round the block a few times and wasn't ready to show any mercy to his counterpart Nate Talucci, the Sparks coach desperate for a win. Panoramic was without two key members but with some positive offensive drives and the fancy footwork shown by Nicco Calleja who scored two and the determination of Tyler Yavalar scoring one it was too much for Sparks Steel Art. Jacob Talucci did score for Sparks and added another one to his tally for the season.
LaPensee Plumbing 3 Harcon Corp 1
Coach Aaron Parker’s job was to stop LaPensee Plumbing's leaky defense and here he did just that, restricting Harcon Corp. to just one goal scored by Alex Hall. Offense has been less of a problem and the goals can come from different areas, with some nifty passing a good movement.
Sharing the spoils were Mallory Kosfeld, Jerry Meyer and Christian Diaz.
West Coast Air 6 Wash Family Construction 3
Coach Sharon Hightower has done a decent job in charge of Wash Family this season with a 3-3-2 record and 11 points.
Missing three team members including a solid goal getter it was left to the team to keep striker Julian Botero well supplied and Botero responded with a hat trick.
West Coast has been the team to beat all season long and it was the hat trick from Daniel Pimental that got West Coast back on level terms, and it powered forward, Zach Evans, the hard working midfielder, popped in to score as did Chandler Hardy and Trevor Bystrom.
West Coast Air sealed the deal here and is the division champ with four left to play.
Mr. Bones 3 Coastal Orthopedic 0
Mr. Bones’ eight straight wins is the best record across all divisions and coach Wash knows that, although there have been improvements throughout the team, Michael Latimer has been the difference in offense against any team they faced all season.
Coastal Orthopedic didn't have an answer defensively and Latimer went on to score three more, another hat trick and three more points.
No matter what happens next, Mr. Bones can't be caught, and with games left to play Mr. Bones is division II champion.
Mike Norman Realty 3 Autoway Ford 2
No pushover for Mik eNorman, Autoway really needed a win here and tried in earnest to stay in the hunt. Coach Dell has put together a strong offensive unit which includes Josh Zawistoski, Zach Stewart, Natasha Nieckoski and Henrik Brusso whose skill has ancestral ties and afforded him two goals here. Mike Norman has a chance at becoming the division champs and couldn't afford to slip up. Logan Reiber is all over the place and a sure fire guarantee is that if he is played offensively he will be on target, and he was, scoring once. Beyond Reiber it was an all girl show with Emma Terry and Alexia Yavalar both scoring and making sure Mike Norman stays up in second place for now.
West Coast Air 6 Harcon Corp 3
Three from Chandler Hardy, two from Trevor Bystrom and one from Daniel Pimental as West Coast shows there's no stopping the division champions, they are just too good offensively, the passing is fluid and the strike force was on fire. Harcon Corp. under the direction of coach David Pate weren't playing dead though, this seriously depleted side was still able to turn in a decent score. Garrison Clark, Helio Gomez and Chris Pate were all on target.
Coastal Orthopedics 1 Panoramic 0
For most players in division two this is the first time they have played on the big field and it can be quite daunting. The length of the game and the size of the playing surface begs a certain level of fitness, and both teams seem to have it in abundance. Where each failed here was in the final third, neither offensive unit unlocking the defense for the most part and it was only the slick skills of Luke Valadie who sailed though to bulge the onion bag and break the stalemate, giving all three points to Coastal.
Ross Built 3 Autoway Ford 2
As much as coach Dell wanted to win this for Autoway, coach Greg Ross couldn't afford Ross Built to lose, with Mike Norman Realty breathing down his neck. When you are in search of a title it is better not to rely too heavily on the usual suspects. Your hope is that the team comes together and plays as one, with an occasional flash of brilliance. Josh Zawistoski has been superb on occasion and he was on target twice as Autoway tried to take it. Jake Ross scored again in reply for Ross Built, but the next two goals and the points came from unusual sources. Jack Walter, who has been the ultimate plug in defense and a brave goalie for the team found himself in front of the goal and coolly slotted one home. Then there was utility player and defensive work horse Max Driscoll coming up with a goal as the team secured all three points and sits at the top of division one with its destiny in its own hands.
Island Real Estate 4 Mike Norman Realty 2
A win for Island Real Estate was just what coach Lindsey needed as the team pulled level on points with Autoway as well as staying right there in the hunt for the division title. Fate has to play a part if that were to happen, but taking three points away from Mike Norman was a bonus. Ray Fano returned and scored a hat trick with the quality of strike you only see in La Liga in Spain or the Italian Series. Cooper Hardy was on target, surging forward from defense to bag himself a goal. Zoe Piccirillo and Kieran Grumley were once again solid in defense and Neil Carper, who worked tirelessly with some deft moves, excellent use of the field and his ability to spread the ball around gave the team the advantage it needed. Mike Norman’s Logan Reiber can play anywhere. This solid defender can bag a goal in offense and after donning the keepers jersey he kept Fano and carper at bay on more than one occasion. Morgan Greig is fast and strong in defense and helped shut the door on a rampant offense that would go on to win this one. Alexia Yavalar scored both goals for Mike Norman.