The temperatures dropped while the competition on the Island pitch heated up Thursday night in the adult soccer league.
With one game left in the regular season, Sato Real Estate sealed the first place seed with the win against Eason Builders Group. Both teams were missing key players in the matchup. Sato Real Estate team captain Josh Sato was absent from the action, as was Eason Builders’ Sean Flynn.
Playing without goalkeeper Cliff Powell, Eason Builders Group scrambled to fill the position with Ray Gardner, Yuri Pereira and Greg DeMeuse and took the field with no substitute players.
Despite their best efforts, Eason Builders Group came up short against the skillful Sato squad.
In the mix for the second seed position, Jiffy Lube handily beat Slim’s Place. The goals by Aaron Parkin and Diego Felipe was no match against Danny Anderson’s Jiffy Lube team. Anderson’s single goal, finisher by Mike Brusso, two goals by Nathan Kragt and Eliza Faillace’s hat trick gave the team a five-goal win.
Lancaster Design picked up its third win of the season against Moss Builders, which also has three wins. In his second season, Zackary Lieb proves to be a consistent force on the field, putting up two goals in the game.
In addition to Lieb’s goals, Lancaster Design’s win was aided by scores by team captain Kris Yavalar, Cemal Duzgan and Sumiko Chipman.
Moss Builders’ Robert Armstrong and Eduardo Vera each scored a single goal, while newcomer Eva Howland found the net twice.
As the night grew colder, Ross Built Construction nearly won its first game of the season against AMI Locals. New to the Ross Built team, Riley Moore’s goal helped his team’s efforts. Vince Circharo, with two goals, and team captain Greg Ross’ point put the team within one point of a tie.
With the win, AMI Locals remains in the middle of the standing pack with Jiffy Lube, Lancaster Design, Moss Builders and Eason Builders.
The last regular season game on Thursday, Dec. 6, is followed by the playoff games on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 13. A champion will be named on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.