Weekly Alarm: No rest for the SPSL weary

Posted: January 19, 2011 in Weekly Updates

With no clear frontrunner, there’s no time to waste to determine which team will break away from the pack as four teams are up and active this weekend.

By Kim DeRaedt

Nightmare:  Tulsa Lobos FC will never have cake before bed again.  Maybe it was the creamy chocolate frosting, but whatever it was, it put the team through a horrible nightmare.  Tulsa dropped its first game of the season by a 3-2 decision in the team’s weekend opener at Galveston.

Déjà vu:  Pirate SC players thought they had it bad when they saw their three points turn into one after Tulsa tallied on a last second penalty kick during the teams’ first meeting in December.  Sunday brought back all-too-real memories when the Lobos executed the same stunt to draw Galveston 3-3. 

Wakeup call:  Of the four halves of soccer played this weekend, three featured goals in the waning seconds.  Galveston scored in first and second half stoppage time in Saturday’s contest, and Tulsa leveled the score with seconds to spare in Sunday’s battle.  In the words of every U-8 coach, “Never quit!”

Dream train:  All aboard!  Pirate SC may have lost several conductors, but the team is taking all interested passengers and departing on its dream journey to arrive as SPSL champions in April.  Not even the Lobos could reroute the cargo as Galveston positioned itself in joint first with the OK crew.

Cloud Nine:  Justin Santibanez returned to his former club, Pirate SC, and couldn’t have been happier with the fit.  He netted the game winner for Galveston in Game 1 and scored what appeared to be the game winner on Sunday as well, before a last second penalty destroyed the celebration. 

Snooze:  The highly anticipated bout between Corpus Christi Fuel and Regals FC was postponed courtesy of Mother Nature’s tears.  In fact, postponed matches have reared their ugly heads enough times to extend the season into April.  This showdown will occur on the final weekend, April 2 at 3 p.m. in Corpus Christi. 

Insomnia:  Tulsa can’t sleep!  The team is eager to recapture sole possession of first place.  Texas Lonestrikers can’t sleep!  The team is eager to redeem itself for its two losses against Lobos FC in December, including a narrow 1-0 defeat.  Both will be put out of their misery this weekend when the Lonestrikers lay foot in Tulsa for double-header action squaring off at 3 p.m. each day. 

Narcoleptic:  Club America will venture south to face Corpus Christi on Saturday.  The Houston boys got the best of the Fuel in a 4-1 home victory last time, but the team has been known to fall asleep its fair share of occasions.  Meanwhile, the normally sleepy Fuel woke up long enough to shock Galveston in the club’s previous match.  Which Club America and Corpus Christi teams will show up this time?  Who will fall asleep at the most inopportune moment? 

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