Indoor soccer sharpens skills, cools players, fans
Summer is officially here, along with high temperatures, high humidity and soccer in the cool gym at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
There’s no better way to battle the heat and sharpen a player’s soccer skills than indoor soccer.
It’s demanding fast, end-to-end action that requires players to sub in and out of the game on the fly in order to maintain the game’s pace. Players get a lot of ball touches on a perfectly level, fast surface, which helps them improve in all facets of the game.
The center has nine teams registered in three divisions, including two for ages 5-7, four teams in the 8-10 age group, and three in the 11-13 division. The season runs throughout the summer with games played Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.
The action got started last week as Gettel Toyota took on Beach Bums in an 8-10 division match June 27. Gettel came away with a solid 4-2 victory behind the stellar play of goalie Tuna McCracken and solid defense from David Daigle, Anna Gonzalez and Rain Cooper.
Offensively, Gettel was led by Sam Bowers, who scored two goals, while Daigle and Lilah Bowers each added a goal.
Beach Bums was led by Luke Marvin, who scored both goals in the loss.
The second 8-10 division game of the week saw LaPensee Plumbing sink Beach Bistro 5-3 June 29. Tyler Brewer and Preston Plambeck scored two goals each to lead LaPensee, which also received one goal from Sean O’Reilly in the victory.
Jayse Berzowski scored two goals to lead Beach Bistro, which also received one goal from Andrew Burgess in the loss.
Eat Here won a pair of games to kick off the 11-13 division action, opening the season with an 8-1 victory over Air & Energy June 27 behind three goals from Shelby Morrow and two goals each from Dylan Joseph and Nika Ukhurgunasvilli. Brooke Capparelli completed the Eat Here scoring with one goal.
Stephen Whyte scored the lone goal for Air & Energy on a nice pass from Nicole Sewall in the loss.
Eat Here slipped past a short-handed Waterfront team 3-1 during action June 29. Dylan Joseph led the way with two goals, while Shelby Morrow added one goal.
Ryan Fellowes scored for the Waterfront.
Adult flag football starts up
Another season of NFL adult coed flag football also got started last week at the center. The league has eight teams and a schedule of games on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.
Miller Electric Chargers got the season off to a “positive” start June 28 with a 39-27 victory over Beach to Bay Construction Saints. Quarterback Charles Buky led the way by completing 16 of 23 passes for 263 yards and six touchdown passes. Jordan Pritchard was his favorite target, with eight catches for 122 yards and three touchdown receptions. Eric Gledhill added four catches for 69 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Chuck McCracken finished with three catches for 38 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while Robert Kasten finished with two catches for 24 yards and a touchdown reception.
Gledhill led the Charger defensive effort with five flag pulls, while Pritchard, McCracken and Matt Ray each added three flag pulls to the victory.
Larry Berkery led the Saints with 17 pass completions for 195 yards, three touchdown passes and a five-yard touchdown run. Jason Mickan caught seven passes for 81 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point, while Don Purvis finished with six catches for 54 yards, a touchdown and two extra points.
Tony Soletti and Purvis paced the Saint defense with three pulls each in the loss.
Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings edged Sato Real Estate Browns 27-20 in the second game of the evening behind 244 passing yards and four touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Moss. Brent Moss caught six passes for 126 yards, including two touchdowns and an extra point, while Jonathan Moss finished with six catches for 86 yards, a touchdown and two extra points to lead the Browns receivers. Ed Moss completed the scoring for the Browns with a 27-yard touchdown reception.
Caleb Roberts paced the defense with three flag pulls, while Ryan Moss and Brent Moss each had interceptions in the victory.
Jason Sato threw for 181 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Browns offensive output. Nick Sato led the Browns receiving corps with six catches for 86 yards, while Scott Rudacille added three catches for 25 yards, including a touchdown and a pair of extra points. Troy Shonk finished with four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, while Lexi Braxton completed the Browns scoring with a five-yard touchdown reception in the loss.
Rudacille’s four flag pulls and four quarterback sacks from JT Goode paced the Browns defensive effort, which also received an interception from Shonk.
Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins defeated Jessie’s Island Store Jets 40-25 in the third game of the evening. Tim Shaughnessy completed 11 passes for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Frank Agnelli scored a pair of touchdowns and finished with 60 receiving yards, while Brianna Shaughnessy added four catches for 31 yards, including a touchdown and an extra point. Pat Calvary threw for 38 yards, rushed for 20 yards and added 92 receiving yards for the Dolphins.
Calvary and Tim Shaughnessy led the defense with two interceptions apiece in the victory.
Matt Piermarini completed 16 of 26 passes for 244 yards and three touchdown passes to Adam Mott, who finished with eight catches for 132 yards. Robert Mandrine completed the Jets scoring with a 12-yard touchdown reception.
Mott paced the Jets defense with five flag pulls, while Jason Garden added two pulls and an interception.
Duffy’s Tavern Raiders recorded a 47-13 blowout victory over Slim’s Place Titans in the last game of the evening behind five touchdown passes and 221 passing yards from quarterback Chris Gillum. Kevin Gregorich’s five catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Redmond’s four catches for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns paced the Raider receivers. Mike Gillum added 52 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Rania Lardas finished with 20 receiving yards and a touchdown to round out the Raider scoring.
Mike Gillum added an interception that he returned for a touchdown to lead the Raider defense, which also received two interceptions from Redmond and one from Jay Hoffmeister in the win.
Tyler Bekkerus completed six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown to Mark Templeton to lead the Titan’s offense. Zach Schield added an extra point while also leading the team with six flag pulls. Ryan Hogan completed the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown.
Three teams emerged from pool play during June 30 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Hank Huyghe and Jay Disbrow drew the bye and watched as Sam Samuels and Norm Good edged Jerry Disbrow and Tim Sofran 23-16. Samuels and Good were too “good” in the finals, rolling past Huyghe and Jay Disbrow by a 25-8 score.
The June 27 games saw George McKay and Norm Good defeat Sam Samuels and John King 22-12 to earn 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.
AMICC summer indoor soccer league schedule
All games are at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., AM.
July 9 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens
July 9 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Beach Bistro
July 11 6 p.m. Gettel Toyota vs. Beach Bistro
July 11 7 p.m. LaPensee Plumbing vs. Beach Bums
July 9 8 p.m. Waterfront vs. Air & Energy
July 9 8 p.m. Air & Energy vs. Eat Here
NFL Adult Coed Flag Football Schedule
July 11 6 p.m. Chargers vs. Dolphins
July 11 7 p.m. Browns vs. Saints
July 11 8 p.m. Titans vs. Jets
July 11 9 p.m. Raiders vs. Vikings
AMICC Adult Coed Volleyball Schedule
July 10 6 p.m. Best Buy vs. The Feast
July 10 7 p.m. Troy’s vs. FL Discount Signs
July 10 8 p.m. Troy’s vs. FL Discount Signs