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SSL O-30, 6, HOOSIER FC, 3

MEADOWS TURNS BACK HOOSIER FC

PROPELS SSL TO 5TH STRAIGHT FINAL

You hear this term all the time. Their keeper stood on his head. Well, SSL keeper Tony Meadows didn't exactly stand on his head, but under tremendous pressure all contest, performed his acrobatic best to turn aside an onslaught of Hoosier attempts & preserve his sides win for yet another trip to the finals. He was easily the "Man of the Match".

It was truly a quirky match. The white shirts had the Hoosier side shut out for the entire first half, resulting in a 3-0 lead at the interval. They also out possessed the Hoosier side 60-40. But, for the match, the white shirts were out shot by a wide margin of about 35-20. However, the reason for this was basic. Defense first!

The white shirts battled the Hoosier FC on small field #3. Not the best venue to put forth your best effort. That field will level the playing field for all participants. It's not the place to play your normal game. SSL didn't. They backed it up & packed it in, concentrating on defense first. What a novel idea. Ergo, the lethal Hoosier's offense had lots of shots, but few results. The defensive shape blocked shot after shot. And for the few shots that got through, Meadows was up to the challenge. And some of those shots were point blank.

As a result of the defensive shape employed by the white shirts, they found themselves with a lot of offensive space. Even the Hoosier keeper was pushing up into the offense. Consequently, although out shot, the white shirts shot quality was much better. They finished their chances. And that finished Hoosier FC.

There was a great deal on the line for Hooser in this match. Entering it, they were in second place with 11 points to SSL 15. So, they had no chance to overtake the white shirts, but to secure a spot in the finals, required a win on their part, because lurking in 3rd place only 2 points behind Hoosier was the Fenix side. If they win, they're in. If they lose, they'd have to depend on a loss by the Fenix side. It was all or nothing & their potential championship berth was in their hands. So when this match started, the Hoosier side came out running and gunning.

But the white shirts maintained their composure & magician Meadows kept them in it early. Each side traded hay makers with the Hoosier's getting the majority of the shots. But many were high, wide or in the nets as a result of suffocating defensive pressure & marking by the white shirts. As the two sides traded back and fourths, the score remained knotted at zero. That ended at the 16 minute mark.

On yet another counter by SSL resulting in another quality chance, the white shirts were awarded a dead ball foul. Down in the right corner of the Hoosier defensive third, Jason Thomure took a shot that clanged off the back of a defender & into the Hoosier goal for the first tally of the match. 1-0 SSL.

Just 3 minutes later, Jeremy Maue found Joe Sharamitaro, who was a force with 3 tallys on the evening. Sharmo took two dribbles past two defenders & deposited a left footed bomb into the bottom left corner of the Hoosier goal to take a 2 goal lead at 2-0 SSL.

The teams arrived at the interval with SSL sporting their 2-0 lead. Shutting out the Hoosier side on field #3 is no small task. They are tied with SSL for most goals for the session at 36. Meadows was on his game.

It remained 2-0 for the first 5 minutes of the second half. That was dangerous territory. Everyone knows that a 2-0 lead is the same as a tie game. If the opponent scores to narrow it to 2-1, it may as well be tied, as a result of the accelerated pace of the trailing team as well as their momentum. At 2-0, there was still a long way to go. The next tally would be telling. It fell to the white shirts.

It was Sharamitaro again. On a pretty as you please give and go, Sharmo hooked up with the "human dynamo" Chris Gianino. Sharmo had the ball on the Hoosier side of the center line & found Gianino down deep in the left corner of the Hoosier defensive end. He slotted the ball to him thru two defenders & then continued his run toward the goal. Gianino gave it right back. Sharmo knew what to do with the return ball & buried it in the back of the Hoosier goal for that all important 3rd goal & a 3 goal lead at 3-0. It was huge.

But, even when you pack it in, allowing your opponent shots, there's always that chance that there'll be a tally. When there's 4 of yours & 4 of theirs, all inside the white line, crazy things happen. And in spite of Meadows athleticism, the Hoosiers persistence paid a dividend with their first tally of the match. The score now stood at 3-1, advantage SSL. The white shirts were still not out of the woods. There was a long way to go & the Hoosier side was ramping up the pressure. Should they get their second tally, & narrow the score to 3-2, it could be a white knuckle ride to the finish. Ryan Curry would not allow that to happen.

As had happened all contest, the white shirts constantly found themselves with room on the offensive end. On one such occurrence, Curry had the ball in the Hoosier end at the white line, marked by 2 defenders. He deftly stepped between them, with the ball, & found himself one on one, facing the keeper. He took one dribble & hit a right footed rocket into the bottom left corner of the Hooser goal, reestablishing the SSL 3 goal lead at 4-1. So in spite of the increased pressure by the Hoosier offense, the white shirts were capitalizing on the open offensive space and their ensuing chances. The white shirts had just acquired a bit more breathing room.

Again the Hoosiers struck for a tally, but it was late & getting later. There were only 4 minutes left in their season & they needed more. But SSL held a commanding 4-2 lead & were about to stretch it to 5-2. Gianino & Sharmo hooked up yet again to snatch back their 3 goal bulge.

Turn about is fair play. Sharmo, collecting the ball from a Hoosier forward, turned up field & spied Gianino flying towards the Hoosier goal. He fed him the ball in stride in the penalty area & Gianino made no mistake & banged it home from close in, stretching the SSL lead to 5-2. The last minute of play was an interesting one, in which the Hoosier's struck for their 3rd tally, but immediately following that, Sharmo collected his third of the evening on a length of the field shot (remember, this is field #3) after the Hoosier keeper had vacated his net, pushing up into the offense. It rolled nicely into the empty net. Advantage SSL, 6-3. Game, & season, over for the Hoosiers.

But, it was a fast paced & entertaining match. The Hoosier side is a formidable, lethal, offensive weapon. In this match, after falling behind, they had no choice but to push up. It cost them as the white shirts stiffened on defense & took advantage of the offensive opportunities. And of course, with keeper Meadows running the defensive show, any side will be hard pressed to score.

Now the white shirts look forward to their 5th, count 'em, 5, consecutive trip to the finals. Impressive. And, as the results for the evening were posted, the Fenix were decisive 10-2 winners over the Arsenal side, & now find themselves leapfrogging Hoosier, & will meet SSL in the finals next week @ 8pm on field #2.

So, on the heels of their 5th consecutive trip to the finals, they'll have to prep for the very dangerous, clever & talented Fenix. If they are to defeat this impressive side, they'll need to once again incorporate their very effective, & novel, defensive shape & then take advantage of any offensive opportunities that it presents them. In addition to the obvious opportunity a championship berth presents them, is one other, not so obvious opportunity awaiting the white shirts. In those previous 4 trips to the finals, they've split with 2 wins & 2 losses. This will be their chance to get above .500 & establish a winning mark in championship trips. We hope you can join us. Thanks for reading.

Match Scoring:  Joe Sharamitaro, 3 goals & 1 helper; Chris Gianino, 2 goals & 1 helper; Ryan Curry, 1 goal & Jeremy Maue & Jamie Perryman, 1 helper each.

 

 

SOCCER ST. LOUIS STATS O-30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AS OF 2/23/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAME

 

GAMES

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

GOALS AGAINST

DIFFERENCE

RETURNING

 

RYAN CURRY

 

7

6

5

17

 

 

 

 

DAVID HIPPERSON

 

6

5

3

13

 

 

 

 

JOE SHARAMITARO

 

6

5

2

12

 

 

 

 

CHRIS GIANINO

 

4

3

5

11

 

 

 

 

JEREMY MAUE

 

4

4

1

9

 

 

 

 

JASON THOMURE

 

6

3

2

8

 

 

 

 

JAYSON ADELSBERGER

 

2

3

1

7

 

 

 

 

JOHN RYAN

 

1

3

0

6

 

 

 

 

TONY SHARAMITARO

 

7

2

1

5

 

 

 

 

MIKE HOGAN

 

6

1

2

4

 

 

 

 

JAMIE PERRYMAN

 

3

1

2

4

 

 

 

 

CASEY WALSH

 

7

0

2

2

 

 

 

 

RONNIE ROWDEN

 

2

0

1

1

 

 

 

 

TONY MEADOWS

 

7

0

1

1

 

 

 

 

JEFF DI MARIA

 

1

0

1

1

 

 

 

 

WALLY STOKES

 

7

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL POROPAT

 

1

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

GUILLERMO CORTEZ

 

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

STEVE RANKIN

 

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

GREG GILSINN

 

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

 

79

36

29

101

25

11+

 

Schedule

Date   VS
Thu 1/5 9:10 PM W 5-4 Zoom Motors(GREEN)
@ Concord, Concord Field 1
Thu 1/12 8:50 PM W 4-2 Sinclair & Rush (YELLOW) 8:30+
@ Concord, Concord Field 2
Thu 1/19 9:25 PM W 6-3 Fenix
@ Concord, Concord Field 3
Thu 1/26 7:30 PM W 4-3 at Arsenal(WHITE)
@ Concord, Concord Field 1
Thu 2/9 7:10 PM L 5-7 Freaky Shakra(WHITE/BLUE)
@ Concord, Concord Field 2
Thu 2/16 10:30 PM W 6-3 at Minnigerode
@ Concord, Concord Field 2
Thu 2/23 10:15 PM W 6-3 at Hoosier FC(ORANGE)
@ Concord, Concord Field 3
Thu 3/1 8:00 PM 50 minutes Fenix
@ Concord, Concord Field 2

League Standings
League Standings: Thurs Men 30+ C
Team W T L Pts GF GA GD PCT GP
Soccer St Louis 30+ 6 0 1 18 36 25 11 0.857 7
Fenix 4 0 3 12 28 25 3 0.571 7
Hoosier FC(ORANGE) 3 2 2 11 36 28 8 0.571 7
Minnigerode 2 3 2 9 29 32 -3 0.500 7
Freaky Shakra(WHITE/BLUE) 2 1 4 7 27 36 -9 0.357 7
Arsenal(WHITE) 2 0 5 6 25 45 -20 0.286 7
Zoom Motors(GREEN) 1 2 4 5 27 28 -1 0.286 7
Standings sorted by: Pts, GD, wins, GF
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Posted: 10:32 AM, Feb. 25, 2012
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