Pizza Delight hit hornets nest

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Amherst Pizza Delight United men's soccer team walked into a hornets' nest when playing in their men's league championship game against second-place Komteck on Sunday.
Well, actually it was just one player who walked into a hornets' nest.
Goaltending phenomenon, Landon (The Hornet) Crowe wasn't able to make the game because of a allergic reaction from a hornet sting he sustained less than 12 hours before the big game.
Despite their goaltender's untimely departure, Pizza Delight took the game to Komteck early with a near goal coming off the foot of Andrew (Got Game) Ellis.
"Andrew hit the post and the ball rolled along the goal line before a player kicked it out," Pizza Delight player/coach Ron (Old Man) Gould said. "He definitely had the goaltender beat."
The first half ended tied 1-1.
In the second half, Pizza Delight keeper Dan (Wheelchair) McSwain made some spectacular saves but with 15 minutes left to play a laser blast from 20 metres out by Komteck's Roger Martin sealed the deal.
Pizza Delight was unable to get the tying goal and the championship went to Komteck by a score of 2-1.
"It was great playing with these guys in the final," Gould said. "A lot of them were banged up and we had only one substitution. "They showed real character. There was never a minute that anyone quit playing and giving it all they had."
He singles out Maura (Don't Kiss Me on the Field) Carter for her tenacity.
"She got permission to travel back from the UNB soccer team's tryouts to play in the championship game," Gould said. "She showed a lot of determination out there."
The road to the championship game was paved with two wins.
On Friday night, they played host to fifth-place Doc Dylans out of Riverview, N.B.
It was Ellis who played the role of hero for Pizza Delight.
Docs scored the first goal but Ellis quickly tied it up.
Then Pizza Delight's Geoff Ryan and Ronnie (J.R.) White each scored a goal, giving their team a 3-1 lead.
In the second half, the Doc's tied it up and had a go-ahead goal called back because they had a player out of position. With the game tied, Ellis scored on a penalty shot, giving Pizza Delight the win.
Saturday's semifinal against first place Internationals out of Moncton was a blow out.
"They had a poor turnout of players because many of them weren't eligible to play in the playoffs," Gould said.
Pizza Delights Ryan (Point Zero) Esch led the way in the 3-0 win with a hat trick, with McSwain getting the shutout.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com




Organizations: Got Game

Geographic location: Riverview, Moncton

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