Buck Defeats Fat in Championship Rematch
by J.D. Kirkendoll
Aug 14, 2008 | 488 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ON THE PITCH – Buck United netminder Eric Slayman worked on his moves just before Tuesday evening’s match against Fat Alley. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
ON THE PITCH – Buck United netminder Eric Slayman worked on his moves just before Tuesday evening’s match against Fat Alley. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
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WAY TO HUSTLE – Buck United netminder Eric Slayman (left) came out of the box to make the save during Tuesday evening’s match against Fat Alley/ High Mark. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
WAY TO HUSTLE – Buck United netminder Eric Slayman (left) came out of the box to make the save during Tuesday evening’s match against Fat Alley/ High Mark. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
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Kristen Hoins of Fat Alley headed the ball back into play during Tuesday’s game. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
Kristen Hoins of Fat Alley headed the ball back into play during Tuesday’s game. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
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The Tuesday night sunset glistened down on Warner Soccer Field as two of the best teams in the coed soccer league faced off in a rematch of last year’s championship match. Powerhouse Fat Alley, driven by the boot of Matt Mitchell up top and Joe James in the back, was poised to put down a young and threatening Buck team – just as they did in the championship last season. However experience wouldn’t prove to be as powerful as speed, and the Buck was able to pull off an unthinkable upset, defeating Fat Alley in the closing minutes of the match 2-1.

The game started in an unusual fashion when Fat Alley, who has never trailed this season and started the season off with a goal in the 24th second of their first match, found themselves behind 1-0 in the tenth minute.

With finesse and perfect touch, James and his team looked to fight back and make it a tie game, lacing shot after shot wide and over the crossbar. Sniper Mitchell, who is known to be deadly up top, seemed as though he was going to have a big game due to the lack of juggernaut defender Dave Del Carlo in the Buck lineup. However for every sound-barrier breaking rip off the foot of the all-star striker, it seemed the Buck had a wall of defenders and a perfectly placed keeper. The Buck was able to stop Fat in their tracks in the first half, and after 35 minutes the scoreboard read 1-0.

You can’t play defense forever, and the Buck found out the hard way. Clinging to a precious one-goal lead over the reigning champions, the Buck got caught on their heels on defense and skilled mid fielder Brandon FRAZIER was able to finish a deflected cross into the left side netting from about 14 yards out, giving Fat Alley the tie they had been hungry for all game. It seemed as though momentum would carry the veterans over the finish line first; however, heart just proved to be too much for skill and wisdom and the Buck kept the fight going down till the last minute, literally.

With some beautiful efforts from both teams, and some very athletic performances from the women on the Buck, the game was held at a very exciting standstill. Sydney Melzer proved to be one of the most dominant players on the field as she tore down the field on numerous runs with her wing midfielder Ally Jones, who failed to miss the net on two very athletic previous attempts.

The defense on both teams was nothing short of outstanding, and they were able to keep each other at bay in the second half until the Buck found an alley through the right side of the defense and were able to put another one away in the final two minutes of the game and seal the victory over Telluride Soccer’s goliath.

Streaking striker Zac Zwart zipped down the middle of the field and then cut right and made the run that was poised to make him the hero of the game. With a lovely through ball played just a touch in front of him, he had the opportunity to single-handedly gain redemption for his whole team after the championship last year in one swing of the leg, and did just that. His form was perfect, his touch was right, and his shot was pure as his one-timer lasered past the goalie and into the back netting. He glided away across the grass into a surreal pink and orange sunset to celebrate with his team over their much- deserved victory.

I turned and asked coworker and Buck teammate Patrick Nicklaus his thoughts on the game. He turned, smiled, laughed and said simply: “Good for us.” The final whistle sounded and the champagne started to flow…well, maybe it was Pabst.

Earlier in the week Floradora played two games and couldn't escape with anything but two ties. They first faced off against The Soccletes and blew a 3-1 lead in the second half and tied 3-3. Later in the week Floradora would have yet another disappointing defensive collapse in the second half, tying La Tapatilla 2-2. Teams will take the pitch next week on Monday night to battle it out for box canyon bragging rights.
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