In a tense, back and forth battle that was finally decided in overtime, Lancaster Design handed Legler & Flynn Law its first loss of the spring adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island and won the Paul “Ace” Hayward championship trophy.
The championship game, played June 14, saw Lancaster Design win despite being a player short due to Sumiko Chipman’s absence.
It didn’t matter.
Lancaster took the lead in the third minute when Danny Anderson hit a beautiful cross that Robert Armstrong headed past Legler goalie Sean Flynn for a 1-0 lead.
Lancaster almost extended its lead five minutes later when Greg DeMeuse passed ahead to Ricky Anderson, but his shot went just wide of the goal.
And Lancaster nearly gifted Legler a goal in the ninth minute, when goalie Trey Horne’s bad touch on a pass left the goal wide open. Horne somehow recovered the shot to preserve the 1-0 lead.
Lancaster extended its lead a minute later when a long punt by Horne saw Diego Felipe and Daniel Anderson challenge for the ball. Anderson got a bit higher and flicked the ball with his head over the outstretched hands of the goalie for a 2-0 lead.
Legler & Flynn had a strong scoring chance in the 16th minute when Amy Ivin found some space and crossed the ball inside to Felipe, but his shot was saved by Horne.
A couple of minutes later, Legler & Flynn’s Jeremias Gramajo found space up the middle and got off a strong shot. Horne made the save, but the ball popped out to Flynn. Horne somehow made a juggling save.
Legler & Flynn finally broke through with four minutes left in the half when Felipe found Ivin with a pass up the left side. She held the ball to draw the defender before passing back to Felipe, whose shot deflected off a defender and into the goal to halve the Lancaster lead.
Thirty seconds later, an attempted long ball by Lancaster rolled to Flynn at the back of the Legler & Flynn defense. He launched a long ball all the way into the Lancaster penalty area, where John Coleman shanked his kick into the goal to tie the score at 2-2.
The second half saw fewer scoring chances and more long balls from both teams. Lancaster capitalized on a long ball in the 35th minute as Daniel Anderson found Ricky Anderson up the left side. Ricky Anderson cut back and passed inside to Coleman, who atoned for his earlier gaffe with a nice finish and a 3-2 lead.
Scoring chances were few until the 42nd minute ,when Yorvi Moreira took a shot off of a corner kick by Gramajo and unleashed a screamer that deflected off a defender and into the goal to tie the match at 3-3.
The game ended 3-3, sending it to a 5-minute, sudden-death overtime. Shortly after the overtime was whistled to begin, Lancaster came through. Michael Lewis chipped the ball ahead to Ricky Anderson on the left side of the penalty area. He settled the ball with his chest and ripped a strong shot that Legler & Flynn goalie Steve Oelfke saved, but the ball went right back to Anderson, who blistered it into the goal to set off a celebration for Lancaster Design.
Daniel and Ricky Anderson led the way for Lancaster Design with a goal and an assist each, while Armstrong and Coleman both notched single goals. Horne, who was huge between the pipes, finished with seven saves.
Moreira and Felipe scored a goal each to lead Legler & Flynn, which also received an assist from Gramajo and 10 combined saves from Flynn, Felipe and Oelfke in the loss.
Key Royale news
Summer heat has settled on the island, but that didn’t keep the golfers from taking to the Key Royale course in Holmes Beach.
The action got started June 11 with the men’s morning modified Stableford-system match. Gary Duncan earned clubhouse bragging rights for the day with a plus-5.
The women took to the course June 12 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights. Carol Duncan’s 2-under-par 30 gave her a three-shot victory over Helen Pollock and Phyllis Roe, who finished in a tie for second place.
Jana Samuels ran away with Flight B with a 4-under-par 28 and low round of the day — a five-shot victory over second-place finisher Marilyn Niewijk.
Pollock and Penny Williams both had chipins to highlight their rounds.
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The men were back on the course June 15 for a nine-hole scramble. The team of Lex Halakan, Marty Hicks, Pat Moyna and Joe Muscatello combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
Horseshoe proceedings at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits were short and sweet last week.
The June 13 games saw no unbeaten teams leaving Steve Doyle and Tim Sofran and Jay Disbrow left to battle for the day’s bragging rights with matching 2-1 pool-play records. Doyle walked his way to the winner’s circle with a 22-9 victory.
The June 16 games saw the team of Neil Hennessey and Jay Disbrow seize the day with the only 3-0 pool-play record.
Play gets underway 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.