SHAKE-UP AT TOP: SUNS OVERTAKE IDLE SWANS
With the St. Pete Swans idle, the Suncoast Suns move to 2-0 and sole possession of 1st place on the Major League Footy Florida Winter League ladder with a resounding win over StarfishFC.
Although their rather unusual nickname is derived from the oldest depictions of the ‘bunyip’ monster of Aboriginal folklore, StarfishFC didn’t instill much fear Saturday, falling 16.7.103 – 8.10.58 in Round 3 of Major League Footy Florida Winter League play Saturday in St. Petersburg.
Failing to score a major in the first period, and adding only one in the second, Starfish FC limped into the major break trailing by 44 points on an absolutely-perfect day for winter footy. With a pre-game temperature in the low 50s, conditions seem to rise along with a Suncoast offense that put up the most points in a match on the young winter season. The win, coupled with a victory last week over the Pasco Black Dog, propelled the Suns to 2-0 for December, and straight to the top of the winter circuit ladder.
With the St. Petersburg Swans (1-0) idle, Ken Scheidt and the Suns entered today’s match knowing they had a chance to take over the catbird seat with a win, and they came out guns ablaze from ball up.
Benjamin Walker, Dustin Jones and Basil Benjamin dominated the attack for Suncoast in the first half, while Greg Bray’s Starfish missed several scoring chances in the first half, often on smothers and clearances by Scheidt and Dionne Jones.
Play was much more even in the second half, with Starfish FC powered back to life by the big leg of Jake Keglor and solid all-around play from Jason Kofender, Matt Elliott and Heather van der Hoop.
Although Suncoast did manage to win play 8.3 – 7.8 after the major break, the proceedings were even and fast-paced, especially in an extended fourth quarter that was played twenty minutes by choice of the captains.
After a break for the upcoming holidays, training and winter league play resumes Saturday, January 14 at 10 AM, as Starfish FC will look to regroup in Round 4 vs. Clearwater.