The seven coed teams in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island finally got their first-round playoff games in after a rain delay the week prior. The pause must have taken momentum from the top-seeded teams as two out of the three matches saw upset victories by the lower-seeded teams.
Action Sept. 13 kicked off with No. 4 seed Ross Built outscoring No. 5 Progressive Cabinetry by a 6-4 score behind a balanced offense that saw five different players notch goals. Connor Bystrom led Ross Built with a pair of goals, while Chris Culhane and Vince Circharo each had a goal and an assist. Greg Ross and Maxim Panchenko each added a goal, while Max Gazzo finished with eight saves in goal.
Ryan Hogan had two goals and an assist to lead Progressive Cabinetry, which also received a pair of goals from Damir Glavan and nine saves in the loss from goalie PJ Smargisso.
The second match of the evening saw No. 6 seed Mar/Kis Insurance score a 4-2 upset victory over No. 3 Moss Builders. Miguel Ajoy paced Mar/Kis with two goals, while Jeremias Gramajo and Joel Sanchez eached tallied goals. David Green made six saves in goal to help preserve the victory.
Chris Scott scored two goals, while Olaf Krause and Ryan Moss combined for seven saves for Moss Builders in the loss.
The final match of the night saw another upset win for the lower seeded team, as No. 7 Bins Be Clean defeated No. 2 Lancaster Design 5-4 behind three goals and an assist from Nate Welch. Ricky Anderson and Francisco Oliviera each added a goal in the victory, while Rico Beissert made three saves.
Lancaster Design received goals from Adam Mott, Jake Parsons, Steve Oelfke and Nate Talucci in the loss.
Round 2 of the playoff action will see Mar/Kis Insurance take on Bins Be Clean at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the center, followed at 8 p.m. by No. 1 Sato Real Estate versus on Ross Built.
The championship game between the semi-winners will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, following the third-place pairing of the semifinal losers at 7 p.m. on the center pitch at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Sign up now for center golf tournament
The center announced Sept. 14 the Ugly Grouper restaurant in Holmes Beach will sponsor a shotgun tournament for fun, prizes and fundraising to wrap up the end of the month.
The tournament will be played Friday, Sept. 28, at the Links at Greenfield Plantation, 10325 Greenfield Blvd., Bradenton.
The day begins with check in at 11:30 a.m. and lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $125 per person or $450 per foursome, including golf, lunch and an awards dinner with a cash bar.
Organizers also are looking for sponsors.
Registration is online at centerami.org or at the center.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.
Key Royale golf news
The heavy rains that plagued the area last week limited golf action at the Key Royale Club this week, but the course dried out enough for a couple of rounds.
The women got out Sept. 11 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights. Karen Mitchell won Flight A with a 5-over-par 37, while Jana
Samuels carded a 3-under-par 29 for low round of the day and the best round in Flight B. Janet Razze finished in second with a 3-over-par 35.
Sue Wheeler had a chipin on the sixth hole to round out the women’s action.
The men finally played a round of golf in a nine-hole scramble Sept. 13. The team of Gary Alvord, Mike Gillie, Herb Clauhs and Tom Nelson combined on a 4-under-par 28 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for supremacy during Sept. 12 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
The team of Tim Sofran and Gary Howcroft jumped out to an early lead and then withstood a rally by Dom Livedoti and Norm Good before holding on for a 23-19 victory.
Sofran again found himself in the winner’s circle following the Sept. 15 games when he and partner Steve Doyle compiled the lone 3-0 record in pool to earn bragging rights for the day.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.