Jeremy Teeguarden reported on Town Hall Youth Soccer for the week of Oct. 31.
Minor League (ages 4-5)
On Thursday, Nov. 3, the Minor’s teams played their final games of the year.
The Café Aroma Galaxy took on the Idyllwild Heating and Cooling Bobcats in one game and the American Legion Hurricanes played the La Casita Ravens in the other game.
All the players were great and looking forward to the awards ceremony that followed the games. All the kids got a trophy and there were smiles all around.
Major League (ages 6-7)
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the the Arriba Black Knights and the Sacco Dining Wolverines met in a playoff game to determine which team woud advance to the championship game. The entire playoff was a defensive battle as both teams couldn’t get the ball close enough to score. Maraja Kelly played an outstanding defense for the Black Knights and Michael Stroud was solid as a rock in goal for the Wolverines making some great saves.
Even in overtime, neither team scored. For the first time all season, a game went to a shoot out. Both teams had five kicks and both teams scored on one of them. Still tied, both teams got five more kicks. This time both teams scored twice to force a sudden death shoot out. The Wolverines missed on their first two shots and the game was finally won by the Black Knights as Rene Hernandez scored the deciding goal. The win was the Black Knights’ first win of the season and gave them entry to the championship game.
On Thursday, Nov. 3, the Black Knights continued their late season turnaround taking on the Rotary Green Hornets. The Green Hornets got an early goal from Jordan Gates as he launched it from 30 feet away. The Black Knights didn’t give up. Late in the second half Layton Teeguarden got in the open and made a nice move to get clear from defenders and knock in the tying goal. The game stayed tied thanks in part to great play from Joel White on the Green Hornets and Nick Fletcher on the Black Knights. The Black Knights fought off a bunch of close shots and time ran out in regulation.
For the second straight game, overtime was necessary. Both teams played great and with seconds left in overtime Preston Pino scored the winning goal for the Green Hornets.
All the games at the end of the year were so exciting capped off by two overtime games in the playoffs. The games were so good and showed what the kids had learned throughout the season. Thanks to all the sponsors, referee’s, coaches, parents and kids for a great season.
Pro League (ages 8-11)
Friday’s championship game was postponed because of the bade weather and has been rescheduled for 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10. The award ceremony will follow the game.