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October 2010

VINTAGE UTD., 6, SSL O-40, 5

Posted: 29 Sep 201009:51 PM PDT

Vote YES on Nov. 2 to protect Missouri property owners from double taxation.

Information below is from:

http://www.yestosavehomes.com/

 

 

RIVER CITY MIRACLE COMES UP SHORT

COMEBACK DIES IN WANING MOMENTS

This match did not play out the way it was drawn up on the chalkboard. It seemed as if the referee had just blown the whistle for the start of the match & the black shirts were down 4-0. Well, it wasn't quite that fast, but, fast enough that the players couldn't believe it when they looked at the scoreboard.

Vintage Utd., a tough side that lost to SSL earlier in the session 5-2, was 3 points behind the black shirts, in 4th place prior to the match. They shot out of the gate runnin 'n gunnin. They scored at the 19 minute mark, the 18 minute mark, the 17 minute mark & just to throw some salt on the wound, scored again at the 16 minute mark. All this in the first half.

Just like that, the black shirts found themselves behind 4-0 with 16 minutes remaining in the first period. About the only good news was, & there was very little, was that there was a whole lot of time left on the old Bulova. Now the challenge facing SSL was very clear. You've got lots of time, but you can allow no more Vintage tallys, & you need to start scoring some of your own. Yeah, a very tough challenge. But it worked.....to a point.

Although the score at the half was still 4-0, SSL made some dramatic improvements. They allowed no more Vintage tallys. They shored up the defense & started creating some very dangerous counters of their own. In fact, during the first half barrage by Vintage, SSL actually had more & better scoring opportunities than Vintage. It just turned out that the Vintage accuracy was far better than the black shirts, after going 4 for 4 on their only shots early in that 1st half. Little by little, the black shirts righted the ship.

The 2nd half started with a bang, or make that two bangs. In the first minute of the 2nd, the black shirts were exerting a lot of offensive pressure on Vintage. The black shirts were buzzing like bees all over the Vintage penalty area. Mike Airaghi banged a shot that caromed off the back wall. Mike Bess, making a run thru the box, jumped on the rebound & blasted it into the back of the net, narrowing the score to 4-1. Only a single minute had ticked off the clock. They were, at least, back in the match. Bess was involved in the second SSL score as well.

Moments later, James Ahearn, slicing thru the box, ran onto & redirected a shot by Bess past the startled keeper, into the upper left corner of the goal, further narrowing the vintage lead to 4-2. Only a single minute had ticked off the old Bulova since the previous black shirt goal. There were still 20 minutes left in the match. Lots of time. The pace for both sides picked up dramatically.

The black shirts shored up the defense & started doing a better job keeping their shape. Vintage had some chances, but they were low percentage, whereas SSL was pushing hard. SSL continued to create quality chances, keeping Vintage on their heels for most of the early part of the second. That paid dividends.

Bess collected his 2nd goal of the evening on a beautiful play. It couldn't have been drawn up any better. Gianni Pens was deep in the far right corner of the offensive end. He looked up & speid Bess on the far side of the box. He chipped a little dying quail looper across the box where an onrushing Bess out jumped everyone, getting his head on it, & nodding it smartly into the top left corner of the goal, just past the outstretched arms of the lunging Vintage keeper. The black shirts had just tightened the game even more with that tally narrowing the score even more at 4-3. Still, there were more than 15 minutes left. Collars became just a little tighter.

Both sides could feel the intensity pick up. What looked like an early cakewalk for the Vintage side, just became a shootout. Every ball was challenged. Every call debated. It became even more physical. Everyone tightened their belt one more notch. It would be that kind of finish. Mike Airaghi would help turn that intensity up even further.

In matches like this, there typically are two kinds of players. Those that want the ball, & those that don't. Airaghi always wants the ball. Yet another scramble in the Vintage box resulted in shots being peppered at the keeper. Some off the wall, some into the net. It was like an exchange of gunfire with the ball being the bullet. Back n forth, going this way and that. During one of these flurries, Pens cranked a shot that caromed off the back wall. It came directly to Airaghi who made no mistake. He turned on the rebound and sent a lazer past the shellshocked keeper, into the back of the net for yet another SSL score. After being down 4-0 so early in the match, the black shirts had clawed their way back into the match, drawing even with Vintage at 4-4, & there were still over 5 minutes left to play. Unbelieveable to this point, but it was far from over.

Vintage had been reeling under the intense black shirt pressure since the 15 minute mark of the first half. Now, with a little over 5 minutes to play, they reasserted themselves. Playing with newfound composure after frittering away a 4 goal lead, they started playing a little more possession. On one SSL sortie, Vintage defenders collected the rebound of a missed shot, slotted the ball thru to an attacking forward who turned & one-timed a shot that John Kozuszek, the SSL keeper, had no chance on. After fighting their way all the way back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the match & then have Vintage snatch the lead back at 5-4 no more than a minute later, was demoralizing. The black shirt shoulders drooped. However, there was still time, & they were playing well. Then, Jason Hill stepped up, put the team on his shoulders, & put the black shirts back in the match.

With just under 4 minutes to play, Hill, stationed at midfield, collected the ball from a SSL defender, & turned upfield. A Vintage defender came out to meet him. Hill put on a quick little move that beat the defender & then, without taking another dribble, let go with a right-footed bomb that screamed into the top left corner of the Vintage goal that a lunging keeper could only wave at as it went by. It was 5-5 with just over 3 minutes to play. Incredible! Down 4-0, come back to tie. Down 5-4, come back to tie. If the black shirts could just get that elusive go-ahead goal, what a magnificient comeback this would be. There was still time & they were playing smoothly & confidently. Perhaps one for the record books. Was there one more miracle left in the SSL arsenal? It was not to be.

With just over 2 minutes left in the match, & Vintage on yet another counter, they worked a give-n-go that ended with a one-timer that rifled into the back of the net past a diving Kozuszek, regaining the lead for Vintage at 6-5. As the remaining seconds ticked off the clock, with SSL pressing the attack, the bullets were gone & the chamber was empty. There was nothing left other than to watch the clock tick down to zero.

What could have been, perhaps what should have been, didn't. It was a valiant effort, a fabulous comeback, but the bottom line was, it was a loss. The early 4 goals doomed the SSL side. But they can take some solace from the match. The intensity with which they played, the hard work, the "never say die" attitude, certainly had to be a confidence builder & should carry over into their next match. If they can come back from that 4 goal hole, they can certainly come back from a 1 or 2 goal deficit. At the very least, the match was enormously entertaining. Just heed some advice. In the future, don't get down by a 4 spot in the first 5 or 6 minutes of a match. Thanks for reading.

SOCCER ST. LOUIS STATS O-40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AS OF 10/26/2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAME

 

GAMES

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

 

 

KEN BRIGDEN

 

7

4

3

11

 

 

MIKE AIRAGHI

 

7

6

4

16

 

 

JAMES AHEARN

 

8

3

4

10

 

 

GIANNI PENS

 

7

5

4

14

 

 

BOB JANKO

 

6

2

2

6

 

 

MIKE BESS

 

6

6

5

17

 

 

JASON HILL

 

4

4

3

11

 

 

MIKE HOGAN

 

5

2

1

5

 

 

TODD LORETTA

 

7

0

4

4

 

 

WALLY STOKES

 

8

0

2

2

 

 

JOE BAER

 

7

1

0

2

 

 

JOHN KOZUSZEK

 

8

0

0

0

 

 

ED DWYER

 

6

0

0

0

 

 

MATT MACLAUGHLIN

 

0

0

0

0

 

 

STEVE RANKIN

 

0

0

0

0

 

 

TIM KELLEY

 

0

0

0

0

 

 

TOTALS

 

86

33

32

98

 

 Schedule

Date   VS
Tue 8/31 8:35 PM W 6-1 at Vetta 40+ BLUE
@ Concord, Field 3
Tue 9/7 7:45 PM W 5-2 Vintage Utd 40+
@ Concord, Field 3
Tue 9/14 10:15 PM L 4-13 at Maddox 40+(WHITE)
@ Concord, Field 3
Tue 9/21 8:35 PM W 4-3 Maddogs 40 (YELLOW)
@ Concord, Field 3
Tue 10/5 9:25 PM L 1-4 Lampert 40+
@ Concord, Field 3
Tue 10/12 9:25 PM L 2-9 Maddox 40+(WHITE)
@ Concord, Field 3
Tue 10/19 6:55 PM W 6-5 at Maddogs 40 (YELLOW)
@ Concord, Field 3
Tue 10/26 8:35 PM L 5-6 Vintage Utd 40+
@ Concord, Field 3

League Standings
League Standings: Tues Men Over 40
Team W T L Pts GF GA GD PCT GP
Maddox 40+(WHITE) 7 1 0 22 59 27 32 0.938 8
Vintage Utd 40+ 4 0 4 12 41 42 -1 0.500 8
Lampert 40+ 4 0 4 12 38 43 -5 0.500 8
Soccer St Louis (Tues 40+) 4 0 4 12 33 43 -10 0.500 8
Maddogs 40 (YELLOW) 3 1 4 10 46 37 9 0.438 8
Vetta 40+ BLUE 1 0 7 3 33 58 -25 0.125 8
Standings sorted by: Pts, GD, wins, GF
Warning! Your facility may not adhere to the standing rules above.
Warning: Your facilities tie breaker rules and rankings may not follow the rules above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE VOTE "YES"

FOR AMENDMENT 3

 

As most of you know, I sell real estate. However, I rarely, if ever, write anything about it in this space. Unless I feel it's important. I do & this is.

Please read the short description of the amendment & what it would do. Actually, what it would prevent. In short, if it fails, you homeowners may be required to pay a tax, like a sales tax, on the sale of your home. There are many states right now doing just that. We don't want to be one of them.

Please take 30 seconds & read the below description. Regardless, get out there & excercise your right to vote next Tuesday. Many people before you gave up much to allow us this privilege. Again, thanks for reading.

 

 

What would Amendment 3 do?

What is a real estate transfer tax?

What is the specific language of Amendment 3?

Do Missouri or its local governments now impose real estate transfer taxes?


These unfair taxes are currently allowed under the Missouri Constitution. Even though these unfair taxes are not now being collected in Missouri, 37 states and the District of Columbia are imposing some variation of a real estate transfer tax. Missouri needs to head off this temptation to politicians that amounts to unfair double taxation.

Amendment 3 is simple and straightforward: “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prevent the state, counties, and other political subdivisions from imposing any new tax, including a sales tax, on the sale or transfer of homes or any other real estate?”

It’s a tax imposed by state or local governments, or both, that is collected when you transfer ownership of your home, land or other real estate. Typically, once the tax is on the books, the rate can be increased by the state, city or county without a vote of the people.

It would amend the Missouri Constitution to prevent double taxation on homes and other properties by barring transfer taxes on real estate transactions.


Posted: 10:23 AM, Oct. 28, 2010
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