Soccer Division I still a race
Soccer continues at the Community Center with two teams set to battle until the end.
Panoramic 4 - Mr. Bones 2
Panoramic has been there or thereabouts all season, and although it couldn't stay with runaway leader Mr. Bones throughout, it does take the prize of being the first team to defeat the team that is the division champion. Improvements were apparent as the season progressed and this was a determined Panoramic squad that saw Tyler Yavalar fix his sights on a goal in order to bag a hat trick. Teammate Leo Rose was also on target. Coach Wash had an excellent team from the beginning, firepower coming, predominantly, from Michael Latimer, but with a solid defensive unit it was going to be a big task for any team, a task that Panoramic proved able to accomplish.
Autoway Ford 7 -
Island Real Estate 7
Knowing full well that other results would have to go in their favor, both teams kicked off here needing the win to keep any hopes of a championship alive. The key would be in silencing Island Real’s Neil Carper and Ray Fano, while trying to break down a solid defense, and the same could be said for Autoway’s strike force and non-too-shabby goal stoppers and blockers.
What happens when you push froward in earnest trying to take the game beyond your opposition is that you leave the team exposed at the back and, for as long as it continues, the game becomes a goal fest. Autoway’s Henrik Brusso beat the keeper five times with some classy finishing, and the score increased with one each from Natasha Nieckoski and Josh Zawistoski. Island Real Estate's goals came from the usual suspects – Carper and Fano.
Coastal Orthopedic 2 -
Sparks Steel Art 0
Striker Shaun Goater is probably most well known for his time at Manchester City FC, where he scored over 100 goals in the top flight. He scored so many goals because his teammates would get the ball to him and feed him decent passes so he had a chance to score. Chants of "feed the goat", could be heard around the stadium whenever he was on the field. Coastal’s Luke Valadie isn't a goat, but he is a young player with pace, skill and an eye for goal, as long as he is fed the ball. He was fed on a few occasions this time around and he managed to bag two goals, increasing Coastal Ortho's win percentage.
Wash Family Construction 7 -
Lapensee Plumbing 0
Lapensee Plumbing came up short against a Wash Family squad that was just rampant. Julian Botero scored a hat trick and has been a useful forward all season long. Two goals came from Austin Wash looking to round out the season on a goal-scoring high and it was one each for Emma Barlow and Chris Callahan. This win gives Wash Family a solid second position with just a couple more to play.
West Coast Air 6 -
Lapensee Plumbing 1
The team that will be crowned Premier division champions come the end of the season put on another confident display, sailing through its opposition with some excellent movement, deft passes, solid defense and a plethora of goals. Daniel Pimental bagged a hat trick, two from Trevor Bystrom and Jack Titsworth popped up to round it out. The lone strike from Lapensee in reply came from Vanessa Parkin.
Ross Built 2 - Mike Norman 1
This was the big game of the week with the championship race still on and either of these two teams set to take a step toward the prize with a win. Evenly matched throughout the season, both teams are well versed in offense and defense with excellent direction coming from both coaches. This was a close encounter that was hard fought all over the field. Any opening was soon closed down by some good utility work in the midfield and defense on both sides. Samantha Burgess had a breakthrough and opened the scoring for Mike Norman, but the side failed to build any momentum, Mikey Ellsworth was unlucky on more than one occasion. Ross Built has a good squad that plays well together, helps each other out and was able to sneak the much coveted win. There were stand out performances from Jack Walter, Max Driscoll, Madison G'sell, Joely Hernadez and Jewel Martinez, but the Ross twins, Jake and Andrew, both managed to bulge the onion bag and secure all three huge points.
Wash Family Construction 6 -
Harcon Corp 1
As is to prove that it takes some time for a team to gel together and play as a single solid unit, Wash Family left it late in the season to hand out a crushing defeat twice in one week. Lapensee was first and now Harcon, unable to stop the onslaught, would allow six goals, a hat trick from Austin Was, two from Chris Callahan and one more from hardworking Emma Barlow.
Harcon's Chris Pate was on target to bag a consolation as coach Sharon Hightower starts to show some savvy in this division.
Mr. Bones 2 -
Sparks Steel Art 0
Coach Nate Talucci has a positive approach to any game ,and although the team is still searching for its first win, it is a team that has seen improvement since the beginning. Here it came up against a Mr. Bones team that features the leagues top striker in Michael Latimer, unusually goal shy as teammate Ben Conners was the one to take the honors, scoring twice.