Portugal and Brazil take command in Sanibel Youth Soccer
At the mid-way point of the Sanibel Youth Soccer season, Portugal and Brazil have established themselves as the teams to beat in the U-10 and U-12 divisions respectively.
Portugal, coached by John Costa and Mark Marinello, are led by Maria Heindl Angelino, Jacob Atkinson and Makaila Thomas with strong support from Evan Bruner, Graham Kupsaw and Carson Towle. Brazil and Italy are currently tied for second with five points each after battling to a 0-0 tie last Friday.
In the U-12 division Brazil remained undefeated with a 2-0 victory over England. Lauren Lockard attacked hard for England but the defensive prowess of Joey Aulino and Jack Arnheiter proved too much as Brazil held on for the win.
In the other U-12 game, Sam Roberts, David Wright and Audrey Paul led the way in a hard fought win over a tough Jamaica tram that never gives up.
It was boys vs. boys and girls vs. girls in the U-15 division last Friday as Ireland and Brazil renewed their rivalry. Fresh off a week of high school tryouts, Ramsey Fisher led the Irish boys to a 7-4 win.
Meanwhile on the adjacent field, the Brazilian girls team of Jill Richter, Deanna Taub, Dara Craig and Dana Congress evened the score with a last minute goal to take a 6-5 victory.
In the second girl’s game, Jessica Simmonds-Short came out hot and Ireland quickly took a 4-0 lead. Samantha Fowler found her shot in the second half though and Brazil fought back to make a game of it before succumbing 4-2.
The action continues this Friday evening with a full slate of games and all 20 teams in action.