Veterans Day tourney provides exciting end to soccer season
|Joselin Presswood and her Ooh La La! Bistro teammates watch her game-winning shoot-out kick during Ooh La La's upset victory over Autoway Ford in Division III Veterans Day soccer action.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's first annual Veterans Day soccer tournament held Saturday, Nov. 11, was a resounding success with a day full of exciting mini-length (25-minute) soccer games that included the instructional division's ages 6-7 all-star game and a 7-up all-star game for players that are graduating next season to the big field.
Spectators enjoyed a day full of soccer and some good chili donated by Hurricane Hanks and cheeseburgers and hot dogs donated by Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant. Monies raised go toward the "new" planned Community Center.
The 7-up all-star game was a nail-biting game won by the blue team 1-0. With approximately four minutes to play, Tyler Yavalar stole the ball in midfield, dribbled past two defenders and ripped a shot that found the far corner of the goal to give the "blues" the win.
Before Yavalar's goal, it looked like the red team was surely going to win. Offensively minded players like Jake and Andrew Ross, Luke Valadie and Seth Walter kept the ball in the blue end of the field for much of the game, while defenders Anthony Cucci and Alex Siegel kept the blue team at bay.
Kayla Thiel, Miles Fischer, George Lardas and Brianna Connelly played great defense for the blue team in front of goalies Jacob Talucci and Hunter Hattaway.
The instructional league's 6-7 all-star tourney was exciting soccer as well with the "royal" blue team defeating the green team 6-3. Tyler Yavalar scored five goals and Miles Fischer added one goal to lead the royal team to victory. Other members of the champion team are Jack Heckler, Marlin Ellis, Kayla Thiel, George Lardas, Brianna Connelly, Angelique Ayeda and Hunter Hattaway.
Seth Walter notched three goals to lead the green team in defeat. Other team members are Julian Braha, Abby Fritz, Anthony Cucci, Tyler Dell, Emmie Gallagher, Olivia Glavan, Emma Moneuse and Mickey Koczersut.
The semifinal game between the green team and the white team ended in a 1-1 tie on goals by Andrew Ross for the white team and a goal by Seth Walter for the green team, so the game was decided by a shootout. Mickey Koczersut was the hero for the green team, saving the first two shots before coming out of the goal to take the green team's last kick. Koczersut converted on his attempt and then made the save to help his team into the championship game.
The royal team advanced to the finals behind Tyler Yavalar's two goals in its 2-0 win over LPAC.
The Division III championship game was an upset special that also came down to a penalty kick shootout between regular-season champion Autoway Ford and third-place finisher Ooh La La! Bistro.
The two teams battled it out to a scoreless tie through 25 minutes, sending the game to the penalty spot. If you've never experienced the joy or agony of taking a penalty kick with the game on the line, here's kind of how they feel: The player taking the penalty kick should never really "not score" because the physical act of putting the ball past the keeper and into the goal isn't difficult. However, factor in the huge lump in your throat knowing the game is on you and all of the fans and players are either cheering or jeering you, and that simple shot becomes a 100-yarder.
Lauren Sapienza for Ooh La La and Sibella Glavan of Autoway Ford were denied by goalies Josh Zawistoski and Joey Cucci, while Ooh La La's Mikayla Kane and Ford's Robby Officer both scored on the second round of three allowed penalty kicks for a 1-1 tie. Zawistoski shot just wide for Ooh La La, while Neil Carper's offering sailed just over the crossbar in the third round to preserve the tie.
Next up, another round of three players and three kicks for each team. Kiley Aldefer's shot clanged off the post for Ooh La La, while Maddy Valadie's for Ford shot was wide. Joselin Presswood, daughter of the team sponsor restaurant owner, then stepped up to the line and tucked her shot neatly into the right corner of the goal for a 2-1 lead. Jack Walter for Ford and Samantha Purnell for Ooh La La followed, and both shot wide left to set off a wild Ooh La La celebration. Other members of the Division III champs are Alexia Zawistoski, Alexia Yavalar, Jazmin Rivera and Diana Pimental.
Other members of the second-place Autoway Ford team are Jackie Burgess, Katie Rose Dell, Emma Peery, Sarah Quatromi and Sarah Wolfe.
Ooh La La! Bistro had advanced to the finals by defeating Air & Energy 3-0 in the semifinals. Josh Zawistoski scored two goals for Bistro and Kiley Aldefer notched one goal for Ford. Autoway Ford defeated Americo Title 3-1 in the other semifinal game behind two goals from Neil Carper and one goal from Robby Officer. Jake Parsons scored the lone goal for Americo Title in the loss. Americo advanced to the semifinal game by defeating Mr. Bones 1-0 in the quarterfinals. Henrik Brusso notched the game's lone goal, which gave Americo its first victory on the season.
There were no surprises in Division II where the Sun again proved too tough with a 3-1 victory over a determined Island Real Estate team. Joel Hart led the way with three goals for the Sun, which also received one goal from Connor Field. Daniel Pimental notched the lone goal for Island Real Estate.
Sun advanced to the finals on the strength of its 6-1 victory over Cannons Marine. Field, Adam Hart and Josh Schmidt each scored two goals in the victory for the Sun. Hunter Parrish led Cannons with one goal in the loss. Island Real Estate advanced to the finals with a 2-0 win over West Coast Surf Shop. Trevor Albers and Daniel Pimental each scored one goal to lead IRE.
ReMax held serve in Division I with a 2-1 win over Danziger Destroyers behind two goals from Jordan Sebastiano. Ally Titsworth scored the lone goal for Danziger in the loss. And Titsworth was the spark behind Danziger advancing to the championships, scoring four goals as Danziger "Destroyed" any chance of LaPensee Plumbing advancing with a 4-2 victory. Zach Evans notched two goals for LaPensee in defeat.
In last week's column, it was reported in error that Ally Titsworth had won the division most valuable female player when in fact, it was Martine Miller who captured the award.
And speaking of Martine Miller, she and her Manatee Magic U14 girls soccer team recently captured the Halloween Havoc tournament at Braden River. They opened the tourney by defeating Central Pasco 3-0 on goals by Islanders Martine Miller, Erin Mulrine and Ally Titsworth. Next they faced off against the Sarasota Storm and came away with anther 3-0 win. Miller, Mulrine and Madison Bradley each notched goals for the Magic in that win.
The Magic girls faced the Storm again in the finals, but found themselves trailing 2-0. Korie Nolan halved the score with a goal and Miller tied the effort at 2-2. Miller came through with the winning goal with less than three minutes to play to give the Magic the championship.
The Magic girls got their regular season off to a good start on Nov. 4 when they defeated Hillsborough United 4-0. Erin Mulrine notched a hat trick and Martine Miller added a goal. Jordan Ponto played great defense in front of Tina Papazian, who was solid in the goal for the shutout.
Harry Stoltzfus "walked" his way into the winner's circle during the Nov. 8 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Stoltzfus was the only "team" out of seven that posted a 3-0 pool-play record and was the outright winner. It was his first career victory.
Four teams out of eight advanced out of pool play with 3-0 records in the Nov. 4 horseshoe games, which was eventually won by the team of Sam Samuels and Herb Puryear. They defeated George McKay and Karl Thomas 22-10 in the championship match to claim bragging rights for the day. McKay and Thomas advanced to the finals by defeating Ron Pepka and George Landraitus 21-10. Samuels and Puryear defeated John Johnson and Frank Pytel 21-7 in the other semifinal game.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale news
The men of the Key Royale Club teed it up for a best-ball-of-foursome, 18-hole golf tournament Nov. 8. The team of Don Latorre, Bob Dickinson, Dan Hayes and Bill Gallagher fired a 13-under-par 51 to defeat the team of Tom Steele, Jim Krumme, Jim Macvicar and Pieter Thomasses by one shot.
The teams of Gordon McKenna, Frank Vickingstad, Mike Selby and Fred Meyers along with Bob Lamp, Bob Sayles, Tom Lewis and Al Gunn were another shot back at 11-under and tied for third place.
On Nov. 6, the men played a nine-hole tourney that was also a better-ball-of-foursome format. The team of Bob Sayles, Bob Lamp, Tom Lewis and Tom Warda combined to shoot a nine-under-par 23 to earn the day's bragging rights.
Register now for AMICC basketball
Boys and girls ages 5-17 (before Dec. 2) are invited to register for the Anna Maria Island Community Center 2006 basketball league. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 and 16, players can register at the Holmes Beach public works building. Then again from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 28 and 30, players can register at King Middle School, 600 75th St. N.W., Bradenton.
Cost for playing basketball is $45 and $40 for any additional family-member players. Non-members fee is $60 for first child and $55 for additional children.
Due to construction at the Center, all its league games this season will be played at King Middle School.
Every child who registers will be placed on a team, but in an attempt at league parity, all prospective players must attend mandatory tryouts at the times and dates listed below.
- Ages 14-17: 6-6:45 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 7.
- Ages 12-13: 6-6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
- Ages 10-11: 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.
- Ages 8-9: 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.
- Ages 5-7: 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Coaches and prospective coaches and volunteers are asked to check in with league director Andy Jonatzke at the Center by Nov. 22.