Proving the regular season standings are no fluke, the top four seeds in the adult soccer league all posted wins in first-round playoff matches during May 31 action at the Center of Anna Maria Island.
Three of the four matches were won by comfortable margins, starting with No. 4 seed Slim’s Place rolling to a 5-1 victory over fifth seed Ross Built in the opening match of the night.
Center soccer celeb Ray Gardner, a popular sports director just a few years back at the center, scored two goals and P.J. Smargisso had a goal and an assist to lead Slim’s, which also received a goal from Maxim Panchenko and assists from Andre Lewis and Renee Rupp. An own goal gifted by Ross Built completed the scoring for Slims, which also received six saves from Will Case in the victory.
Ryan Hogan notched the lone goal for Ross Built on an assist from Chris Klotz, while Robb Marshall made eight saves in defeat.
No. 3 seed Sato Real Estate struggled to a 1-0 victory over No. 6 Moss Builders in the second match of the evening. Jose Caseras notched the game winner on an assist from Damir Glavan. Goalie Jordan Demers made eight saves in the shutout victory.
Goalie Josh Bernet made eight saves to lead Moss Builders in the loss.
Greg DeMeuese scored two goals and Daniel Anderson had a goal and an assist to lead No. 2 seed Lancaster Design to a 4-1 victory over No. 7 Mar/Kis Insurance. Robert Armstrong scored a goal and goalie Trey Horne made five saves in the victory.
Mike Brusso scored for Mar/Kis, which received seven saves from Mario Prino in the loss.
The final match of the night saw No. 1 seed — still undefeated — Legler & Flynn Law roll to a 6-1 victory over No. 8 Acqua Aveda behind two goals and an assist from Yorvi Moreira and two goals from Steve Velliquette. Steve Oelfke added a goal and an assist, while Diego Felipe and Amy Ivin also scored. Felipe, Sean Flynn and Mark Rudacille combined on 10 saves in the victory.
Jeff Walker notched the only goal for Acqua Aveda, which received a combined eight saves from Jake Parsons and Miguel Ajoy in the loss.
Semifinal matches commence June 7 at 7 p.m. with Sato Real Estate taking on Lancaster Design followed by Legler & Flynn taking on Slim’s Place at 8 p.m.
Key Royale golf news
Members of the Key Royale Club celebrated Memorial Day with a nine-hole scramble followed by an old-fashioned cookout for more than 60 members, including hamburgers, hot dogs and an array of salads.
The team of Jean Holmes, Hugh Holmes Jr., Connor Bystrom and Jason Hrnak matched the 6-under-par 26 carded by Sue and Bruce Christenson and Karen and Scott Mitchell to share clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
Mitchell also had the distinction of winning the longest-drive contest for the men, while Debi Wohlers took the prize for the women. Herb Clauhs was the winner of the closest-to-the-pin contest on the third hole.
Later in the day, the men played a modified Stableford-system match, which was captured by Art McMillan with a score of plus-5.
The women took over the links May 29 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match. Sue Christenson won Flight A with a 1-over-par 33, while Sue Wheeler’s 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in Flight B.
The May 31 men’s Thursday morning scramble was canceled due to rain.
May 30 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits got underway, but heavy rains washed out the day’s proceedings.
Blue skies and the pitchers returned for June 2 action that saw two walkers post the only 3-0 pool-play records. The finals saw Gary Howcroft punctuate a 22-8 victory with back-to-back double ringers to earn the week’s bragging rights.
Play starts at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits, with warmups at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Register now for adult football
The last day to register for the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island is Saturday, June 9.
Cost for the league is $10 for center members and $126 for nonmembers. A $10 late fee applies after the signup deadline.
Player evaluations and a draft will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Games will be played starting at 6 p.m. Thursday nights, with the season kick off set for June 21.
To sign up, call the center at 941-778-1908 ext. 9205.