AMICC Division II soccer action showcases Hart
|Division II Morgan Stanley goalie Jack Titsworth punts the ball away during soccer action in Holmes Beach.
Any question as to what team rules Division II in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s fall soccer league was emphatically answered by Joel Hart in the first five minutes of Saturday’s game between the Sun and Morgan Stanley.
Hart scored three goals in the opening minutes of a game that was billed as a battle for first place between the undefeated Sun and once-beaten Morgan Stanley. That he scored three quick goals to essentially put the game away early wasn’t the story here, but how he scored those three goals certainly was. Each goal was scored in almost identical fashion. Hart would set up shop on the Morgan Stanley side of the midfield stripe, gather in the goal kick or attempted clearing pass, take a couple of touches and rip a 25- to 30-yard rocket that seemed to be pre-programed for the corner of the goal.
After giving the Sun a comfortable lead, Hart was content to hang back on the defensive side of the ball and let forwards Connor Field and Josh Schmidt work on adding to their lead. Field and Schmidt worked a give-and-go to perfection in the 14th minute with Field easily finishing to put the Sun up 4-0. Hart got back into the Sun offense five minutes later when he again picked off a clearing pass and rocketed in a shot from 35 yards for his fourth goal and a 5-0 score.
Field and Schmidt again worked a give-and-go, but new Morgan Stanley goalie Jack Titsworth was up to the challenge with a nice save. The save seemed to give Morgan Stanley some life as they came right down the field to score and cut into the Sun lead. Jacob Titsworth carried the ball up the right side before switching the point of attack by crossing it all the way to the left side to cousin Trevor Bystrom. Bystrom beat one defender before lofting a shot over the head of the Sun keeper to pull to within 5-1. The Sun attempted to get the goal back as the half came to a close, but Jack Titsworth was again up to the challenge as he made a great save on Hart, who had beaten three defenders.
Jacob Titsworth and Bystrom hooked up early in the second half to give the Morgan Stanley faithful some hope. Bystrom found Jacob at the 18-yard line and fed him the ball, which he finished to pull to within 5-2.
Five minutes later, Jacob Titsworth ran onto a long punt from goalie Jack Titsworth and dribbled past two defenders to score and pull Morgan Stanley to within two goals.
Hart had seen enough. He gathered in a punt from Jack Titsworth, dribbled up the middle through several defenders and ripped a rocket just inside the far post. Field, Schmidt and Hart worked the ball methodically down the field with Field laying the ball off to Hart for his sixth goal on the afternoon. Field ended the scoring when he picked off a short goal kick and dribbled in for the score to end the game with the Sun on top by an 8-3 score.
Field finished with two goals and an assist, while Schmidt added one assist. Ariana Collins, Adam Hart and Claudia Hynds were cited for their outstanding play on defense for the Sun.
Morgan Stanley was led by Jacob Titsworth, who scored two goals and assisted on one, and Bystrom, who notched one goal. Defensively, Morgan Stanley was led by goalie Jack Titsworth with seven saves. Mallory Kosfeld, Dayle Hoffman and Henry Fradley also played well on defense for Morgan Stanley in the loss.
In other Saturday soccer action, Island Real Estate rode a hat trick from Daniel Pimental to record a 3-1 Division II victory over West Coast Surf Shop. Stephanie Purnell scored the lone goal for the Surf Shop in the loss.
Danziger Destroyers shocked Division I leader Island Family Physicians 2-0 for its first victory on the season. Tommy Price led the way for the Destroyers with a pair of goals.
LaPensee Plumbing received one goal apiece from Jordan Hinton and Daniel Janisch to defeat Harry’s Continental Kitchens by a 2-1 score in Division I soccer action. Kyle Aritt scored the lone goal for Harry’s when he converted a penalty kick.
Friday the 13th of October was unlucky for Division III Mr. Bones as it dropped a 2-0 game to Air & Energy behind two goals from Madison Driscoll.
Island Real Estate received goals from Chris Pate and Daniel Pimental as it earned a 2-0 victory over Cannons Marina in Division III soccer on Oct. 12.
Mike Norman Realty and Americo Title battled to a 2-2 tie in Division III action on Oct. 11. Lexi Moore scored a pair of goals to lead Mike Norman, while Jake Parsons and Eliza Scott each notched a goal for Americo Title in the tie.
Morgan Stanley received two goals from Trevor Bystrom and one goal from Reina Glavan to defeat West Coast Surf Shop 3-0 in Oct. 11 Division II action.
Island Family Physicians made an emphatic statement as to who rules Division I when it shut out second-place ReMax Gulfstream Realty 4-0 on Oct. 9. Martine Miller led the Physicians with a pair of goals, while teammates Wyatt Hoffman and Kyle Parsons chipped in with one goal each in the victory.
A ringer by Jay Disbrow powered the team of Disbrow and Tom Rhodes past Roy Vickers and Ron Pepka by a 21-17 score to win the Duck trophy during Oct. 11 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Two teams emerged from the Oct. 7 horseshoe competition with 3-0 pool-play records and battled it out for bragging rights. George McKay and Doug Yox went up against Hank Huyghe and Jesse Brisson with Huyghe and Brisson coming out on top by a 22-9 score.
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.
Downtown tourney on horizon
Bradenton Downtown Progress and the Florida Gulf Coast Sports Commission have gotten together for the second, semi-annual Downtown Hoops, 3-on-3 basketball tournament Oct. 21 on Main Street in Bradenton.
Once again, Main Street will be blocked off and 12 basketball hoops will await more than 200 teams competing in five age groups in the one-day tournament.
In addition to tournament play, Downtown Hoops will also offer a three-point shooting contest and a slam-dunk contest.
Cost to enter a team is $40, plus $12 per person for a mandatory Amateur Athletic Union card, which sanctions the event.
Area businesses are encouraged to sponsor a team. For more information, go to www.downtownhoops.net or e-mail the sports commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMICC Soccer League schedule
DateTimeTeam vs. Team
Division I (ages 12-14)
- Oct. 2 19 a.m. LaPensee vs. Physicians
- Oct. 21 10 a.m. Danziger vs. ReMax
Division II (ages 10-11)
- Oct. 19 5:45 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Sun
- Oct. 21 11 a.m. Sun vs. IRE
- Oct. 21 Noon M. Stanley vs. Cannons
- Oct. 24 5:30 p.m. Surf Shop vs. IRE
Division III (ages 8-9)
- Oct. 20 5:45 p.m. M. Norman vs. Ooh La La!
- Oct. 21 1 p.m. Mr. Bones vs Ooh La La!
- Oct. 21 2 p.m. A&E vs. M. Norman
- Oct. 21 3 p.m. Americo vs. Ford
- Oct. 23 5:30 p.m. Ooh La La! vs. Ford
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
- Oct. 18 5:45 p.m. Ralph’s vs. Duncan
- Oct. 19 5:45 p.m. Bistro vs. Bank America
- Oct. 24 5:30 p.m. Bistro vs. Duncan