The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 17 No. 12 - January 4, 2017


Team Acqua Aveda cleans up against Jiffy Lube

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

monica simpson | SUN

Jiffy Lube’s team captain, Danny Anderson, moved the ball
offensively for his team Wednesday night against Team Acqua Aveda.


Heading into the seventh week of adult co-ed recreational soccer play at The Center, the top of the charts stays tight with Team Mason Martin and Team Ross Built Construction with the same record, but Mason Martin ranked in first place currently with their win over Ross Built last week.

Also with the same record, Team Acqua Aveda and Jiffy Lube went head-to-head under the lights Wednesday night. Acqua Aveda’s win landed them in the sixth place rank over Jiffy Lube and Team Slim’s Place with one win in the season.

Wednesday night saw the two teams, which on paper have the talent to capture the league championship, work the field with strong passes and teamwork. The break away scoring by team captain Eric Pullen gave Team Acqua Aveda the spark they needed to capture the win.

With Will Case in goal for Pullen’s team and Richard Anderson as the keeper for Jiffy Lube, the first half of play ended scoreless. The scoreboard did not reflect the strong shots by Jiffy Lube’s Murat Akay and Acqua Aveda’s Nathan Kragt.

Big defensive clears by Sean Flynn for Acqua Aveda and steals off the feet of Pullen by Jiffy Lube’s team captain Danny Anderson made the second of play critical.

As the scoreboard showed 20 minutes of play left in the game, Ed Moss took over in the Jiffy Lube goal. Taking advantage of the quick play down the field, Kragt’s shot on goal went just past the hands of Moss to score the first goal of the game in the first 90 seconds of the half.

Using the scoring momentum, Acqua Aveda’s Steve Oelfke took a shot off of his head that was saved by Moss, keeping the score at 1-0.

Showing the team’s depth, Acqua Aveda scored their second point with a header by Pullen to Kragt who passed the soccer ball cross field throwing the Jiffy Lube defense in the wrong direction, allowing Flynn to score with the big boot past Moss.

Not to be outdone, D. Anderson scored his first goal of the night for Jiffy Lube with 14 minutes left in the game.

Quickly taking the ball back on offense, Jiffy Lube took a shot that went off of goalie Case putting D. Anderson’s team in position to score again with a corner kick.

R. Anderson took the corner kick getting the ball to D. Anderson for the quick tying goal.

With the score 2-2, the Kragt-Pullen combination struck again. Kragt kicked a strong through pass to Pullen who was past midfield. Pullen took the ball down the sideline preparing for a driving shot into the net.

Returning to the goal R. Anderson settled in to protect the net.

Minutes later, an identical look on the field allowed Pullen to shake off a defender right out side of the box to score the fourth goal for his team, advancing the score to 4-2.

Pullen captured a hat trick with three Jiffy Lube defenders chasing him down the field with four minutes left on the game clock.

Down three points, Jiffy Lube continued to press on knowing that a few quick shots could make a difference. Akay scored after a strong pass by D. Anderson, closing the scoring gap to 5-3 with less than a minute on the clock.

R. Anderson saved what would have been goal number four for Pullen. Knowing it was do or die, R. Anderson dribbled the ball out of the box looking for a scoring opportunity for Jiffy Lube.

The final whistle of the game sounded, giving Acqua Aveda the victory over Jiffy Lube.

Leading into the winter break, Ross Built Construction faces #4 ranked Wash Family Construction on Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. Middle of the pack Eason Builders Group plays Slim’s Place in the second game of the night. Jiffy Lube takes on the top ranked Mason Martin in the 8 p.m. game. The final game of the night pits Acqua Aveda against Anna Maria CrossFit.

Sun Scoreboard
Tuesday, December 13

Adult Basketball

#3 Mike Walter & Associates 67
#2 Harry’s Grill 59

#4 Intechgrate Systems 52
#5 Blake Medical 33

#1 Beach To Bay BYE

Thursday, December 15

Adult Co-Ed Soccer

Eason Builders Group 4
Anna Maria CrossFit 3

Acqua Aveda 5
Jiffy Lube 3

Mason Martin 6
Ross Built Construction 3

Wash Family Construction 2
Slim’s Place 1

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