Rain delays season’s end, adult soccer on schedule

Rain delays season’s end, adult soccer on schedule
Greg DeMeuse works to handle the soccer ball for Blalock Walters with Clancy Vaughan, for Duncan Real Estate, is hot on his heels. - Monica Simpson | Sun

The rain flooded the fields at The Center Thursday night, but not before the adult soccer players took to the pitch the night before. Nearing the end of the regular season, two games were played Wednesday night, with Blalock Waters and Ross Built Construction emerging as the victors.

Finding redemption after its loss to Team Flynn Law last week, Team Blalock Waters handily defeated the young skill-filled team sponsored by Duncan Real Estate.

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Duncan Real Estate’s Raymond Gardner watches as veteran Blalock Walters keeper Scott Rudacille saves the goal. – Monica Simpson | Sun

With new players on the roster, Blalock took the early lead after 11 minutes of play with two goals. The single goal for Duncan Real Estate hit the net on a strike by Joey Hutchinson during that time despite numerous shots taken by Hutchinson and Clancy Vaughan.

Blalock struck gold again with less than three minutes left in the half, advancing the score to 3-1.

Four minutes into the second half, Matt Staggs score the last Blalock Walters goal.

Skaggs’ goal added cushion to the goals by Greg DeMeuse, Matt Plummer and newcomer Dan VanEtten.

Neither team could score a goal in the last 19 minutes of the match-up. Misstrikes and a strong defense left the score 4-1, with 12 saves by Trey Horne for Duncan Real Estate and nine for Blalock Walters’ own Scott Rudacille.

A minor tweak of the schedule keeps the Paul “Ace” Hayward Cup championship game on track for a Thursday, June 27, at 8:30 p.m.

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