Soccer is hot in Anna Maria and on TV with Women’s World Cup matches being played this week.
Soccer wrapped up at the Center of Anna Maria Island for the adult players.
Gulfview Windows and Doors ended the season where they started — in first place. They won their first six matches and never dropped in the standings on the way to a final 9-2-1 record and the championship in the adult soccer league at the center.
On the way to the June 27 championship match, Gulfview and Jiffy Lube battled to a 6-6 tie in regulation play in their semifinal match, sending it to penalty kicks where Gulfview prevailed by a 4-2 score.
Keith Mahoney, Aaron Parkin, Jose Bolanos and PJ Smargisso made their spot kicks for Gulfview. Omar Polar and Ricky Anderson were the only Jiffy players to convert their penalty kicks, ending Jiffy Lube’s season.
Ashley Friszman led Gulfview with three goals, while Parkin added two and Mahoney had one. Jordan Demers made nine saves in goal to help preserve the victory.
Daniel Anderson scored two goals to lead Jiffy Lube, which also received goals from Anderson, Polar, Eliza Faillace and Stetson Matthews in the loss.
The second semifinal match saw Flynn Law and Beach House Real Estate battle to a 2-2 tie, sending it to penalties. Kevin Roman scored both regulation goals for Flynn, while Adam Bujarski and Ryley Moore notched goals for Beach House.
In the penalty shootout, Beach House prevailed 4-3 thanks to successful spot kicks from Kris Yavalar, Bujarski, Nick Bouchard and David Greene.
Flynn Law saw successful spot kicks from Roman, Lexi Sato and Olaf Krause in the loss.
The championship match lacked the drama of the semifinals, but no one on Gulfview was complaining. Parkin and Mahoney scored two goals each, while Friszman added one goal. Demers came through with 10 saves to help preserve the victory. Other team Gulfview members are Jason Chiafalo, Ed Moss and Ryan Moss.
Bouchard, Moore and Yavalar notched goals for Beach House, which received eight saves from Cliff Powell in the loss.
Kids soccer kicks off indoor season
The summer indoor soccer league at the center kicked off with games played in the air-conditioned comfort of the gym.
The league is split into two divisions — intermediate for players ages 5-9 and advanced for players 10-14.
Action in the advanced division kicked off June 26 with Ugly Grouper rolling to a 10-5 victory over AMI Locals. Jayden Sparks notched five goals to lead Ugly Grouper, which also received two goals each from Will Wright and Connor Nixon. Jackson Long scored one goal to complete the victory.
Fox Dalton paced AMI Locals with two goals, while Jay Harrison, Mary Harrison and Taylor June King had a goal each in the loss.
The second match of the evening saw G&G Yardscaping defeat Ugly Grouper 11-8 behind five goals from Connor Samblis and four goals from Ryan Joseph. Katie Stembridge and Cale Rudacille completed the scoring with a goal each in the victory.
Wright and Long scored four goals each to lead Ugly Grouper in the loss.
Intermediate action also kicked off June 26 with two matches. Ugly Grouper rolled to an 8-1 victory over Island Vacation Properties behind three goals from Jack Zaccagnino and two goals each from Jasmine Sparks and Jesse Zaccagnino. Brady Thompson also scored for Ugly Grouper in the victory.
Kason Davis notched the lone goal for Island Vacation Properties in the loss.
The second match also was a blowout as Moss Builders walloped Cloud Pest Control by a 9-1 score. Jackson Titen scored five goals to lead Moss, which also received two goals from Dylan Sato and a goal each from Mason Moss and Brandon Sato.
Cyrus Ryan paced Cloud Pest Control with one goal in the loss.
Action continues Tuesday evenings and playoffs begin in early August.
Key Royale golf news
Golf action at the Key Royale Club teed off June 24 with the men playing a nine-hole, modified-Stableford system match. Jack Isherwood earned clubhouse bragging rights on a plus-3 to win the day’s proceedings.
The women got out June 25 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in two flights.
Jana Samuels and Meredith Slavin finished in a tie for first place with matching 2-over-par 34s.
Sue Wheeler grabbed first place in Flight B after carding a 1-under-par 31. Terry Westby was alone in second place with a 1-over-par 33, while Penny Williams was another stroke back in third place.
Horseshoe action June 26 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits saw a strong rally by the eventual champions. The team of Sam Samuels and Jay Disbrow were 2-0, but trailed by a 17-8 margin in their final pool-play match. The duo rallied for a 21-20 victory to post the lone 3-0 record and were the day’s outright champs.
Two teams squared off in the finals during June 29 action. Dom Livedoti and Neil Hennessey broke open a tight game and pulled away for a 21-14 victory over Samuels and Jerry Disbrow to earn the day’s bragging rights.
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.