Huntsville Indoor Adult Soccer League results 2017-18

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For more information on Indoor Adult Soccer, visit huntsvillesoccer.ca. The four-team league features four-on-four, hour-long games with each team having three subs on their roster.

RESULTS

Monday, March 19

The penultimate week of the regular season featured a pair of hard fought matches. In the early game, Orange once again overcame several inexplicable decisions by the should-already-be-retired Constantin to emerge victorious 14-11 over the Blues.

Orange received several timely goals from youngster Doug Allen and captain Chris Occhiuzzi to twice fight back from two-goal deficits in the match. Steve Fairhall and Leigh Cameron also came up big for Orange in the win. The Blues came out ready to impress with Carlos Burmeister and Chuck Lefebvre providing skilled plays and intensity. Unfortunately, a few posts and near misses were their undoing.

“The overall quality and parity of the teams cannot be measured in mere wins or losses,” says Occhiuzzi. “Our league features strength top to bottom. Once we make it past the regular season, it’s all up for grabs.”

In the late match, Green served Purple notice that the league won’t be a cakewalk for the team at the top of the table. A back-and-forth affair saw Purple eke out a 9-8 victory, overcoming the influx of youth with Cam Anderson (lower body) and Caleb Grim (emotional issues) returning from the injury list.

Green captain Dave Caplan and the team’s emotional engine Brandon Occhiuzzi were pleased with the effort put forth despite the loss.

“When we’re healthy we can beat anyone,” says Brandon. “As long as we can put out a full team, we’ll be tough for anyone to beat.”

Next week will be the last week of the regular season, followed by the Easter Break before the postseason begins.

On Monday, March 26, Purple takes on Orange at 8 p.m., while Green plays Blue at 9 p.m.

Monday, February 19

The Huntsville Indoor Soccer League’s Family Day break couldn’t have come at a better time for both the Mean Green Machine and Big Bad Blues. Each team has been struggling for points despite positive play on most nights. On Feb. 12, Mean Green lost 13-3 to Crushed Grapes while the Blues were topped 11-7 by Orange Crush.

Perhaps the break will serve as a time to refocus and re-energize as the home stretch of the season begins.

With no games played on Feb. 19, it means the two teams run of negative results gets a reprieve until Feb. 26 when they take on each other. Barring the first draw of the season in the League for any team, either the Green or the Blues will leave happy.

Meanwhile the top two teams in the league will play on the same night when Crushed Grapes takes on Orange Crush. Orange trails Grapes by just one win in the standings.

Crushed Grapes star Paul Borbeau is already pumped for this match after suffering an 11-2 defeat to Orange the last time they played.

“I won’t lie: this one has extra meaning for us,” says Borbeau. “We’re not going to let them do that to us again. I’m not going to go as far as guaranteeing a win, but I will say it won’t be as lopsided a score as last time out.”

Orange veteran Steve Fairhall is also looking forward to the coming match. The team is hoping playmaker Ted Maduri will return after a month off to recuperate from an undisclosed lower body injury.

“We know every team in the league is solid,” says Fairhall. “But, we know if we play our game, stay within ourselves and not try to do too much, we can and have defeated everyone. The only team which can beat Orange is Orange.”

Monday, February 5

The return of Nick Laning wasn’t enough for the Mean Green Machine against the red-hot Orange team in Huntsville Indoor Soccer League action on February 5. Mean Green fell 13-10 in a game which they had fought back from a four-goal deficit to take a one-goal lead with only 7 minutes to play. Orange overcame several misguided plays by aging superstar Constantine – who still can produce magic despite his advance years – and managed to eke out the victory.

“I don’t know why he does what he does,” says Orange captain Chris Occhiuzzi, when asked about Constantine’s multitude of turnovers this season. “He’s not a kid anymore. He really needs to play within himself. When he does, he’s fabulous. When he doesn’t … well, it’s just not good.”

The other match of the night saw Crushed Grapes take out their frustrations from last week’s big loss on Big Bad Blues. Crushed Grapes won 9-5 over the Blues, who were playing without a full bench. Crushed Grapes veteran star Melanie Mercier was humble after the victory.
“It was a really good game,” she says. “They were a tough team to beat, but we put the right effort in to get the job done. We definitely needed this after a big loss last week to Orange.”

Monday, January 29

Two Huntsville Indoor Soccer League teams were forced to play without subs on Jan. 29 due to a variety of health-related issues. While Mean Green Machine put up a strong fight against Big Bad Blues, they eventually fell 12-8. Mean Green Captain Dave Caplan, himself nursing a hamstring injury, made several strong saves in goal and the rest of the team put their best foot forward throughout the game. However, the Blues – who were missing only one player – were able to sub quickly and the constant flow of fresh bodies was the key to their victory. The Blues snapped a three-game losing streak in the process. Captain Chuck Lefebvre was happy after the win: “it was a good game … It felt like forever since we won a game.”

The other team to play without any subs was Clockwork Orange (formerly known as Orange Crush). The Orange team’s fearsome foursome of Captain Chris Occhiuzzi, veteran Steve Fairhall, newcomer Doug Allan and all-around good guy Leigh Cameron defeated league leaders Crushed Grapes 11-2. While Crushed Grapes fielded a full line-up, Clockwork Orange played out a tactically sound strategy to a tee. Orange played a counterattacking style, absorbing long periods of pressure, blocking as many shots as possible and then breaking for quick strikes against Crushed Grapes. The men and women in purple had many chances to score but it just wasn’t their night. Crushed Grapes Captain Graham Thompson was thoughtful in defeat: “sometimes games like this happen. The effort was there, we just couldn’t score.”

Monday, January 22 – cancelled

Monday, January 15

The Huntsville Indoor Soccer League action was fast and furious on January 15 at Huntsville High School. In the early match, Orange Crush made it two wins in a row by defeating Big Bad Blues 10-6. The score doesn’t reflect a truly back-and-forth affair which saw the Blues hit the post on three occasions. In the later match, Crushed Grapes defeated Mean Green Machine 11-6. Crushed Grapes was able to take advantage of short-handed Mean Green side playing without any subs. Crushed Grapes remains in first place, followed by Mean Green Machine with Orange Crush hot on their tales. Big Bad Blues has been a bit unlucky in some of their matches and has work to do to catch up. Next week’s games on Monday, January 22 features Big Bad Blues against Mean Green Machine at 8 p.m. followed by Orange Crush taking on Crushed Grapes at 9 p.m.

Monday, January 8

After a lengthy break for the holiday season, the Huntsville Indoor Soccer League kicked off again on Monday, January 8 at Huntsville High School. Two thrilling back-and-forth affairs took place. In the first match, Orange Crush was able to out-tactic Mean Green Machine en route to a 6-4 victory. Orange Crush received great play throughout from their whole team, subbing quickly and finishing their chances. Mean Green Machine justifiably feels a little unlucky, having hit the post on three occasions. In the other match, Crushed Grapes defeated Big Bad Blues 9-7. Crushed Grapes is now alone in first place, followed by Mean Green Machine, Orange Crush and finally Big Bad Blues. Next week’s games on Monday, January 15 pit Big Bad Blues against Orange Crush at 8 p.m. followed by Mean Green Machine taking on Crushed Grapes at 9 p.m.

Monday, December 18 

In Huntsville Indoor Soccer League action on Monday, December 18 at Huntsville High School, Mean Green Machine were led by captain Dave Caplan and the defensive giant Brandon Occhiuzzi in a 12-7 victory over Big Bad Blues. Meanwhile in an unusually chippy affair, which was closer than the final score line indicates, Crushed Grapes topped Orange Crush 13-9. Mean Green Machine remains in first place going into the two-week Christmas Break, followed by Crushed Grapes, Orange Crush and Big Bad Blues. League play resumes on Monday, January 8 with Mean Green Machine looking to avenge an earlier loss to Orange Crush, while Big Bad Blues will look to knock Crushed Grapes down a peg.

Ted Maduri of Orange Crush fights off Paul Borbeau of Crushed Grapes during Huntsville Indoor Soccer League action on Monday, Dec. 18 at Huntsville High School (supplied photo)

Ted Maduri of Orange Crush fights off Paul Borbeau of Crushed Grapes during Huntsville Indoor Soccer League action on Monday, Dec. 18 at Huntsville High School (supplied photo)

Monday, December 11

In Huntsville Indoor Soccer League action on Monday, Dec. 11 at Huntsville High School, the Mean Green Machine defeated Crushed Grapes 10-5 and the Big Bad Blues topped the Orange Crush 13-10. The Mean Green Machine took over first place after three weeks of play, while the Blues picked up their first win of the season. The Mean Green Machine and Crushed Grapes each have six points, with Mean Green ahead due to goal differential. Orange Crush and Big Bad Blues each have three points.

Cam Anderson of Mean Green Machine steals the ball from Carolyn Nates of Crushed Grapes (supplied photo)

Cam Anderson of Mean Green Machine steals the ball from Carolyn Nates of Crushed Grapes (supplied photo)

 

Due to the school Snow Day on Jan. 22, the schedule has been slightly altered for the rest of the season.

SCHEDULE

Monday, Feb. 5
Crushed Grapes vs. Big Bad Blues, 8 p.m.
Mean Green Machine vs. Clockwork Orange, 9 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 12
Crushed Grapes vs. Big Bad Blues, 8 p.m.
Mean Green Machine vs. Clockwork Orange, 9 p.m

Monday, Feb. 19
No Games Scheduled Due to Family Day.

Monday, Feb. 26
Clockwork Orange vs. Crushed Grapes, 8 p.m.
Big Bad Blues vs. Mean Green Machine, 9 p.m.

Monday, March 5
Mean Green Machine vs. Clockwork Orange, 8 p.m.
Crushed Grapes vs. Big Bad Blues, 9 p.m.

Monday, March 12
No Games Scheduled Due to March Break.

Monday, March 19
Big Bad Blues vs. Clockwork Orange, 8 p.m.
Mean Green Machine vs. Crushed Grapes, 9 p.m.

Monday, March 26
Mean Green Machine vs. Clockwork Orange, 8 p.m.
Crushed Grapes vs. Big Bad Blues, 9 p.m.

Monday, April 2
No Games Scheduled due to Easter Monday.

Monday, April 9
Clockwork Orange vs. Crushed Grapes, 8 p.m.
Big Bad Blues vs. Mean Green Machine, 9 p.m.

PLAYOFFS

Monday, April 16
Semi-finals
First vs. Fourth, 8 p.m.
Second vs. Third, 9 p.m.

Monday, April 23
Third Place Match
Loser SF1 vs. Loser SF2, 8 p.m.

Final
Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF2, 9 p.m.

Pick-up Games/Snow Day back-up date
Monday, April 30
Times/Games TBD

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3 Comments

  1. Great commentary and insight! Are the basement dwelling Blues content with their spot and plans to re-tool for the future… or are they “lurking in the bushes” waiting for the Playoffs?

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