The Fish Hole-Magic League soccer team: Front row, left to right, Julian Aguillar, Ethan Hudson, James Richards, David Ojeda and Shelby Morrow. Back row, left to right, Robbie Fellowes, Carter Reemelin, Brennan Bowers, Lane Bowers, Nick Pilato, Conal Cassidy and Coach Kevin Cassidy
The Fish Hole makes strides Magic League
The U10 Fish Hole Magic League boy’s soccer team coached by this writer and boasting members from sons of several former Island Football Club players has come to the halfway point of its season.
The team, which is sponsored by The Fish Hole adventure golf course in Bradenton Beach, defeated Braden River Rage Silver 5-1 Dec. 18 at G.T. Bray Park to even its record at 3-3 in the USA League.
For most of the team, this is a first foray from recreational soccer into a competitive league. As a result, they’ve take their lumps playing teams from Tampa to Punta Gorda, but along the way, they’ve figured it out and have shown steady improvement.
In the Dec. 18 game, the Magic got off to a quick start, scoring in the fourth minute. The play started when Shelby Morrow received a pass from Robbie Fellowes just past midfield. She dribbled forward and drew the defender toward her before passing outside to David Ojeda, who buried his shot for a 1-0 lead.
Fish Hole extended its lead three minutes later on a tricky corner-kick play. Nick Pilato hung out near midfield while players filled the penalty box. Just before Ojeda was to take the kick, Pilato rushed forward and rifled Ojeda’s short drop pass into the goal for a 2-0 lead.
The Magic added another goal by Ojeda late in the first half for a 3-0 lead.
The second half saw Braden River generate more scoring opportunities, but some good saves by Pilato and strong play by defenders James Richards, Brennan Bowers, Conal Cassidy and center back Fellowes kept them at bay, though two rage shots off the crossbar helped as well.
Ojeda added an unassisted goal and Fellowes notched a second-half goal on a cross from Carter Reemelin to complete the scoring and a 5-1 victory. Reemelin, whose mother Deana grew up on the Island, also played a tremendous first half in the goal for Fish Hole Magic.
To all the Islanders and people who provide sports news, and to The Islander readers, we wish you a very merry Christmas.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Dec. 15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. John Crawford defeated Gene Bobeldyke and Ron Pepka 23-16 to take the day’s bragging rights.
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.