The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 15 No. 52 - October 28, 2015


The big boys and girls take the pitch

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


Island Pest Control's James Lynch works his way
downfield toward defender Sean Sanders, for Slim's Place.

Four games into the regular season of the adult co-ed soccer league, only one team remains undefeated – Sato Real Estate. But the majority of the Sato boys are playing for Island Pest Control thanks to a strange twist in the draft room. Under the leadership of Captain Lexi Braxton, Island Pest Control took early control of the game on Thursday night against Slim’s Place. Captain PJ Smargisso could not make the game, but his team held its own during the 50 minutes of regulation play.

With Nick Sato in the goal for Island Pest Control, Braxton’s defense played strong and kept Slim’s Place off of the scoreboard for nearly the entire first half of the game. Sean Sanders started the game in the goal for Slim’s Place. Despite strong offensive passing by both teams, the soccer ball did not go into the goal until the 14th minute when Braxton found the ball at her feet for a strong strike, taking the score to 1-0.

Stephen Perry went into the goal for Slim’s Place and finished the game with 12 saves. Perry could not stop the let of Island Pest Control’s James Lynch who scored the second goal for his team 19 minutes into the game.

Short of the end of the first half play, Slim’s Place scored a goal with the skills of Matt Plummer. The half finished with the score at 2-1.

The second half of the game was a defensive battle. Goalies Ben and Nick Sato both finished the game with nine saves each for Island Pest Control. Oliver Petereit held the back line with Josh Sato’s support midfield. Jhon Zamora and Matt Jeronimo rounded out the Island Pest Control fight for the victory.

Slim’s Place held its own with Caitlin Lemmond and Chris Culhane’s assistance and drive. Despite the fact that the team was missing four players and played a man short on the field with no substitutes, Slim’s Place was able to finish the game just one goal down.

At the season’s mid-point, Ross Built Construction and Island Pest Control are tied for second with a single loss. Three teams are currently tied for third with a record of 2-2 – Slim’s Place, Mason Martin and Progressive Cabinetry. Yet to find a win, Beach to Bay and Island Time share the bottom of the ranking. Playoff games start on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The Sun Scoreboard
Tuesday, October 20

Adult Basketball

LaPensee Plumbing and Pools 62
Miller Electric 55

Gator Squad 64
West Coast A/C and Heating 52

Thursday, October 22

Adult Soccer

Slim’s Place 1
Island Pest Control 2

Mason Martin 1
Ross Built Construction 5

Sato Real Estate 9
Beach to Bay 3

Progressive Cabinetry 11
Island Time 6

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