Planet Stone, Bins Be Clean celebrate division soccer titles
The top seeds in the youth soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria island lived up to their regular-season billing. Planet Stone captured the 11-14 division championship and Bins Be Clean topped the 8-10 division during championship night Nov. 29 at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Planet Stone outlasted Progressive Cabinetry 6-5 in an exciting back-and-forth game. The Planet led 3-2 after the first half on three goals from Chris Snyder, while Progressive Cabinetry received a goal each from David Daigle and Tuna McCracken.
Progressive tied the score at 3-3 early in the second half when McCracken hit a long clearing pass that found Nicholas DeWitt, who finished the scoring chance.
A few minutes later, Progressive took a 4-3 lead on some nice passes between Daigle and DeWitt that resulted in a pass inside to Connor Ludwig and a goal.
The lead was shortlived, however, as Planet Stone’s Jack Barnes got loose up the right side and crossed it inside to Snyder, who deposited into the goal to tie the score at 4-4.
With 8:14 remaining to be played, Bryce Higgins somehow fought his way through two Progressive defenders to score and give Planet Stone a 5-4 lead.
Three minutes later, Planet Stone earned a corner kick that Nick Cavaluzzi hammered toward the goal mouth as it caromed off the goalie and into the goal for a 6-4 Planet Stone lead.
Undaunted, Progressive Cabinetry continued to fight and with just over 3 minutes left to play, a long goal kick found its way to Daigle, who ripped a shot from the 18 yard line that found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 6-5.
Daigle almost tied the score in the final minute of play, when his shot from 25 yards hit the left post and bounced to Nicholas DeWitt. However, DeWitt’s shot was saved by Snyder in goal to preserve the victory for Planet Stone.
Snyder finished with a game-high four goals and a pair of saves, while Cavaluzzi and Higgins each added a goal.
Daigle’s two goals led Progressive Cabinetry, which also received a goal each from DeWitt, McCracken and Ludwig in the loss.
Progressive Cabinetry advanced to the title game by defeating Tyler’s Ice Cream 6-3 Nov. 28 in the semifinal match. Daigle and Nicholas DeWitt scored two goals each to lead Progressive, which also received a goal from Christian DeWitt in the victory.
Tyler Brewer scored three goals to lead Tyler’s Ice Cream in the loss.
The 8-10 division championship game saw Bins Be Clean ease past Gulf-Bay Realty behind a pair of goals from Riley Lawson. Bins Be Clean goalie Evan Talucci, who made nine saves, came up with a big save on a Gulf-Bay penalty kick with just over 6 minutes to play to preserve his team’s two-goal advantage.
Gulf-Bay advanced to the finals by upsetting Mason Martin Builders 5-3 during semifinal action Nov. 28. Sam Leister scored two goals, while Gregory Jordan, Juliet Greene and Elek Brisson each scored a goal in the victory.
Mason Agnelli scored two goals and Jiles Kirkland added a goal to lead Mason Martin Builders in the loss.
Bins Be Clean advanced to the finals by rolling past Cloud Pest Control 6-2 in the second semifinal match of the evening. Riley Lawson scored five goals and Maddox Culhane added a goal to lead the Bins in the victory.
Aiden Templeton led Cloud Pest Control with two goals in the loss.
On another center note: The youth football league registration will close Dec. 9. Tryouts are Dec. 12-14 and play starts in January.
Adult soccer news
The adult soccer league at the center completed its fourth week of action with two unbeaten teams — Mason Martin Builders and Ross Built — both 3-0-1 and tied for first place.
Anna Maria CrossFit is alone in second place with a 2-1-1 record, while Jiffy Lube and Wash Family Construction follow with matching 2-2 records. Eason Builders Group is alone in sixth place at 1-2-1, followed by Acqua Aveda at 1-3. Slim’s Place is in last place, still in search of its first victory.
Dec. 1 action got started with Ross Built edging Slim’s Place 5-4 behind a hat trick from Connor Bystrom. Kevin Roman and Chris Circharo added single goals, while Ben Carpenter made nine saves in goal.
Andre Lewis, Chris Klotz, Stephanie Ankiel and Chris Culhane each scored for Slim’s in the loss.
Wash Family Construction rolled to a 5-1 victory over Eason Builders behind a balanced scoring attack that saw five players score. Kris Yavalar, Damir Glavan, David Greene, Alf Klotz and Darrin Wash each notched a goal, while Greene added five saves between the pipes.
Josh Sato scored the lone goal for Eason, which also received five saves from Tyler Lancaster in the loss.
Mason Martin Builders rolled to an 8-2 win over Acqua Aveda behind three goals from Frank Agnelli and two goals and two assists from Anthony Barberio. Ted Hurst, Lexi Sato and Nate Welch each added a goal for Mason Martin in the victory.
Eric Pullen and Nathan Kragt scored a goal each to lead Acqua Aveda, which also received 11 saves in the loss from goalie Will Case.
Anna Maria CrossFit outscored Jiffy Lube by a 6-2 margin behind three goals each from Rico Beissert and Will Kretzman.
Drew Mitchell and Vince Circharo scored a goal each to lead Jiffy Lube in the loss.
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