West Coast Surf Shop player Helio Gomez puts his head down and dribbles to the goal as Beach Bistro’s Hunter Parrish defends for his team during Premier Division soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Beach Bistro forward Hunter Parrish carries the ball forward as West Coast Surf Shop defender Rainia Lardas closes in during Premier Division soccer action last week at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Soccer teams jockey for playoff positions
With the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s recreational soccer season heading into it’s final weeks, some teams are fighting for their playoff lives, while others are fighting for a preferred position in the standings to avoid a troublesome matchup in the first playoff round.
There’s been some movement in the standings, but nothing like Division II where Southern Greens went from battling for the division lead to last place after dropping three games last week.
Sparks Steel Art is the team to beat, and Wash Family Construction has moved up to second place.
Fran Maxon Real Estate is yet undefeated and has total control of Division III, while Autoway Ford seized the top spot in Division I with a big victory over Mike Norman Realty. Beach Bistro rode a pair of victories over West Coast Surf Shop last week to take the top spot in the Center’s Premier Division, where offense rules and — much like the Big 12 Conference in college football — defense is optional.
The most recent victory for the Bistro came Oct. 23 over the Surf Shop. The difference in the 5-4 game was the Bistro team approach and the goal tending of Max Miller, who made a few good saves against Helio Gomez. Julius Gomes, despite playing with an injured right hamstring muscle, scored three goals and set up two others by holding the ball and forcing the Surf Shop defense to commit to him. He then would pass the ball off to teammates Eva Teitelbaum and Hunter Parrish, who both finished with one goal. Gomez, who played with his head down, led the Surf Shop with four goals in the loss.
The Bistro also earned a 5-3 victory over the Surf Shop Oct. 18 with all five goals from Julius Gomes. Gomez again led the Surf Shop with three goals in the loss.
The Gathering Place earned its first victory of the season Oct. 23 when it upset first-place Autoway Ford by a 1-0 score in Division I action. Knox Wheels notched the lone goal in the game to lead Gathering Place in the win.
Autoway Ford earned an important Division I victory Oct. 20 when it broke a first-place tie, soundly defeating Mike Norman Realty 6-3. Henrik Brusso and Sydney Cornell scored two goals apiece to lead Autoway, which also received a goal each from Neil Carper and Mikey Ellsworth in the victory. Michael Duffman led Mike Norman with three goals in the loss.
Sparks Steel Art gave its Division II foes some hope that they can still be caught with a 2-2 tie by Mr. Bones BBQ Oct. 22. Tyler Yavalar scored two goals to lead Sparks, while Ben Connors did the same for Mr. Bones in the tie.
Wash Family Construction moved into second place in the division thanks to a 5-4 victory over Southern Greens Oct. 22. Nico Calleja and Gavin Sentman led the way with two goals apiece, while Joe Rogers chipped in with one goal in the victory. Michael Latimer led Southern Greens with three goals, while Brandon Mills added one goal in the loss.
Sparks Steel Art scored an easy 5-2 win over Wash Family Construction Oct. 20 behind two goals apiece from Tyler Yavalar and Dylan Joseph. Sullivan Ferreira completed the scoring with one goal in the victory. Gavin Sentman scored two goals to lead WFC in the loss.
Mr. Bones opened the Division II action Oct. 18 with a 5-3 victory over Southern Greens. Ben Connors led the way with two goals, while Miles Fischer, Jake Miller and Leo Rose each added single goals in the victory. Michael Latimer scored twice to lead Southern Greens, which also received a goal from Abby Achor in the loss.
Connie’s Landscaping earned a solid 5-2 victory over Jessie’s Island Store Oct. 23. Corbin Greg, who usually plays a lot in goal, came out of the box on this day and led Connie’s to victory with four goals. Jaclyn Schlossberg completed the scoring with one goal in the victory. Hannah McCracken scored two goals to lead Jessie’s in the loss.
Fran Maxon Real Estate earned another victory in Division III, a 4-2 win over Jessie’s Island Store Oct. 22. Taro de Haan led the way with a pair of goals, while Josh Class and Ava Zink each added one goal in the victory. Hannah McCracken and Jack Barnes each scored one goal for Jessie’s in the loss.
De Haan scored three goals to lead Fran Maxon Real Estate to a 3-0 victory over Connie’s Landscaping Oct. 20.
The Center’s adult division saw two teams leapfrog the Sun in the standings after a 4-2 dropped decision by the Sun to Sarasota Veterinary Emergency Hospital Oct. 21. Toby Wickland scored a pair of goals to lead SVEH, which also received a goal apiece from Kris Yavalar and Paul Hayward in the victory. Zoran Kolega had two goals for the Sun.
Enrico Beissert notched three goals to lead Beach to Bay Construction to a 5-3 victory over Back Alley. Scott Eason and Tony Frudakis each scored one goal to complete the scoring for BTBC. Nate Talucci led Back Alley with a pair of goals, while Tim Tedesco added one goal in the loss.
The Fish Hole rolled past Ross Built by a 5-0 score behind two goals apiece from Josh Sato and Brent Moss. Ed Moss added a single goal to complete the scoring in the shutout victory.
The team of Debbie Rhodes and Steve Grossman were the day’s outright champs during Oct. 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Steve Doyle and Jeff Moore defeated Ron Pepka and Karl Thomas 24-19 in the battle for second place.
Three teams emerged from pool play during Oct. 20 horseshoe action. Norm Good and Karl Thomas defeated Ron Pepka and Tim Sofran 21-16 to advance to the finals where they defeated Barb Dudley and Steve Doyle 21-11.
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 Club news
The women of the Key Royale Club joined the men in a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome golf match Oct. 22. The team of Joyce Brown, Dennis Schavey and Jim Finn combined to card a 51 to take first place for the day. One shot back in second place was the team of Jane Winegarden, Nell Bergstrom, Earl Huntzinger and Fred Meyer with a 52.
The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Oct. 20. The team of Jim Thorton, Lew Winegarden, Gary Harris and Bob Elliott combined to card a 108 to take first place by three shots. The team of Ron Robinson, Dennis Schavey, Chet Hutton and Dave Schroes finished alone in second place with a 111.
The women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match Oct. 19 that resulted in a tie for first place between Jean Holmes and Mary Selby after both carded even-par 32s. Flight B saw Ginny Nunn and Joyce Brown tie for first place at 5-under-par 27, two shots ahead of Terry Westby and Joyce Reith, who finished at 29.
AMICC Soccer League standings
Team Won Lost Tie Pts.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Maxon 6 0 0 18
Connie’s 2 4 1 7
Jessie’s 1 5 1 4
Division II (ages 10-11)
Sparks 6 1 3 21
WFC 4 4 2 14
Mr. Bones 3 5 2 11
Southern 3 6 1 10
Division I (ages 12-13)
Autoway 5 2 0 15
Norman 4 3 0 12
Gathering 1 5 0 3
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Bistro 5 2 0 15
WFC 3 3 0 9
Surf Shop 2 5 0 6
Fish Hole 3 1 0 9
SVEH 3 1 0 9
Sun 2 1 1 7
BTBConst. 2 2 0 6
Back Alley 1 2 1 4
Ross Built 0 4 0 0
AMICC Soccer League schedule
Date Time Teams
Instructional Division: (Ages 4-5)
Oct. 27 6 p.m. Isl. Dental vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 27 6:30 p.m. W.C. Air vs. Lapensee
Nov. 2 6 p.m. Isl. Dental vs. Lapensee
Nov. 2 6:30 p.m. W.C. Air vs. A&E
Instructional Division: (Ages 6-7)
Oct. 27 6 p.m. LPAC vs. Bch. Bums
Nov. 1 6 p.m. LPAC vs. Isl. Pest
Nov. 1 7 p.m. Sandbar vs. Dojo Ath.
Division III: (Ages 8-9)
Oct. 27 5:30 p.m. Maxon vs. Connie’s
Division II: (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 27 6:30 p.m. WFC vs. Sparks
Nov. 1 6 p.m. WFC vs. Southern
Division I: (Ages 12-13)
Oct. 27 7:30 p.m. Ford vs. Norman
Nov. 2 6 p.m. Norman vs. Gathering
Premier Division: (Ages 14-17)
Nov. 1 7 p.m. WFC vs. Bistro
Nov. 2 7:30 p.m. WFC vs. Surf Shop
Oct. 28 6 p.m. Sun vs. Fish Hole
Oct. 28 7:20 p.m SVEH vs. Back Alley
Oct. 28 8:40 p.m. BTBC vs. Ross Built