By The Huntsville Soccer Club
The oft-overused sports term nail-biter was most apt in the first-ever Huntsville 7 v 7 Adult Co-ed Soccer League final on Monday, July 22 at the McCulley-Robertson Sports Complex.
The unsponsored Huntsville Blue team capped off an undefeated season when they beat the Algonquin Orthodontics Red team 1-0 in the league final, with the winning goal coming with only three minutes to play in the second half.
It was especially disappointing for Algonquin Orthodontics Red, who just moments before were awarded a penalty kick when a Blue player was called for a handball in the goalkeeper’s box. The subsequent miss proved to be most costly.
Blue captain Chuck Lefebvre, who missed the playoffs with an undisclosed lower body injury, was proud of his team’s effort. Blue defeated Huntsville Green 3-1 in the semi-final round.
“It was an awesome year all-around and I really loved playing with this team,” he says. “I wish I could have been there for the playoffs, but I’m so glad we won.”
In the other semi-final, Algonquin Orthondotics Red survived a penalty shootout against Algonquin Orthodontics Purple after playing to a scoreless draw in the match. Great saves by both goalkeepers came down to the final shooter, with the Red team sneaking one in to advance.
This was the second year of 7 v 7 Adult Co-ed League soccer in Huntsville and it was deemed an overall success over the inaugural season. This year’s dedicated participants allowed for the first playoffs and the Huntsville Soccer Club hopes to continue the program’s growth in the future.
“I was really happy to see such a fun atmosphere and wonderful individuals with a variety of skill levels take part in the program,” says Chris Occhiuzzi, the club’s adult coordinator.
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