YMCA Adult soccer league
by Clark Laster
The YMCA Adult Soccer league continues to flourish as all eight teams continue to show team improvement. “I think the league has done an effective job distributing talent and making the teams more even than they have been in the past,” said Leroy Holt, a player.
The first set of games featured Wachovia Securities Everton and Innovative Restoration Liverpool on field one, while Randolph Construction United took on the Thomas Repair Shop Wanderers on field two. Everton entered the game unbeaten, but did not have the offensive firepower needed and lost 4-0 to Liverpool.
The Everton midfield was led by Chuck Johnson and Nick Vandyke, who both had good looks on goal. Mikey Lewis had a solid performance in the goal, while Deidra Reynolds and Jacob Ballard played well together on the defensive side.
Liverpool continued their dominance on the offensive end with Luis Juarez and Robert Martinez leading the scoring. The defense was led by Neal Barber and Donna Armento.
On field two, the United played their best game of the year against the Wanderers, but fell short 3-2. Offensively, the United were led by Randy Randolph and Vladimir Rowe, while Garrett Gregory and Scott Rae played well in the midfield. Ranger Joe also did an effective job in the goal.
The Wanderers also played a great game as they were led by Zachary Shaver on the offensive end. Other players in a supporting role included Pat Howerton and Carrie Worden. Defensively, Steve Zeliff did a fantastic job in the goal, while Doug Allison and Joe Lyford were forces to be reckoned with on defense.
The next set of games braved the oncoming storms. Café Mojo Chelsea took on Mathews Family YMCA on field one, and Oyster Seed Holdings Rovers took on the Carlton Edwards Arsenal on field two. Chelsea played a physical game against the Mathews Family YMCA, but lost 1-0. “We had some chances to score, but we were unable to finish,” said Chelsea captain Riki Brumley. Chelsea had great all-round performances as it played a young fast Mathews team. Defensively, Marco Rohas and Michelle Rother kept up with the Mathews squad, while Adam Weston and Micheal Painter played well on the offensive end.
The final game featured the long-awaited match between the Arsenal and the Rovers. The Rovers came out firing early and often as they got a comfortable lead and went on to win 6-3. Key players for the Rovers included Pate LeBel, Matthew Schaefer and Kai Evans, who scored a goal apiece. Defensively, Todd Taylor and Rob Haley were like a wall.
The Arsenal had a late surge with the fresh legs of Andrew Edwards and Damien Rasmussen, who both had key goals in the game. Defensively, Jennifer Harrow and Lamar Parker were all over the field preventing shots, but the star was late game goalie Justin Williams, who played phenomenal in the goal.
Special thanks go to the officials Micheal Chandler, Stacey Moore and Steve Zeliff for their assistance during the games.