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Holland and France take U10 lead, big showdown is set for Friday night

By Staff | Oct 6, 2010

Sanibel Youth Soccer’s second week of the season continued with fast-paced action in all four age divisions.

The two youngest age divisions, U6 and U8, are not officially scored but that doesn’t stop these young athletes from competing as hard as they can. End for end action highlighted all five games with fantastic finishes and great saves alike.

Anicca Sivsov of Greece deserves special recognition for taking a hard-kicked ball to the face but continuing to play. Of course she was urged on by her mom/coaches consoling words, “all great soccer players have great bruises.” As for the scores – rumor has it you can just ask one of the players, if you really want to know.

In the U10 division both Holland and France won their second games to set up a showdown this Friday between the two leaders. France’s effort was led by stellar goaltending from Alexander Goss and the defensive expertise of John Labar. On the offensive end, Julia Holston set up Lander Peck for one of her two goals in the game.

For Spain, Zachary Costa, Marissa Thomas, Kate Kupsaw and Carson Towle played very well and their teamwork was rewarded with a well-deserved goal before the final whistle.

In the U13 division, the first game of the night was a close fought battle between England and Italy. Italy took the lead with a goal just before halftime. England fought hard for an equalizer in the second half but their offensive thrusts were continually denied by the stubborn Italian defense.

In the U13 nightcap, Elizabeth DePasquale made a strong impact in her first game back from injury as Cameroon, sponsored by Sanibel Air Conditioning, put the chill on Brazil. Daniel Hayes and Alex Scianimanico provided additional offensive firepower for Cameroon while Brazil coach Andre Arensman had high praise for the effort of his Three-A’s – Sam Arensman, Maxine Arnheiter and Jacob Atkinson.

The action continues this Friday under the lights at the city fields on Sanibel-Captiva Road.