Antonio Chavez & Faustino Meza of FC Tuxpan
Faustino Meza won the 'Golden Boot' award this season but not only did he receive a trophy but also a $100 gift card. Well done Faustino and we hope that the spring 2018 season will be as competitive as this season once everything realizes that they too can win.
Remember to pick up all your water bottles and garbage before you leave the field. We do not want the village to say that we leave the park in a mess!
The fall championship game was played in 43 degree temperature with stars and moon in the sky with about 30 spectators. It would seem to be a good game between Maidstone Market and Hampton FC - Bill Miller but within the first two minutes, Maidstone Market scored. After a goal so early in the game, Hampton FC was demoralized. Overall a good game but the early goal hurt the quality of the game.
Well in this championship game, we had some ball boys/girls which worked out well not much wasting time when the ball was kicked out of play. The game should have started at 7:00 pm but Maidstone was not ready to play with the clock starting at 7:10 pm but the kick off whistle blew at 7:15 pm. Maidstone complained that the clock should be reset but one must remember, we have to finish at 9:10 pm before the lights are turned off. Given we take 65 minutes to play the game, and if overtime is needed another 40-45 minutes to play and if penalty kicks need to be taken, we have little time left.
Given that we used a digital timer for the entire fall season, none of the games started on time! Not even the games later in the night when you would think the players would be ready to play after the previous game had concluded. But No, the teams were not on the field or the referee did not have good time control. In one game, both teams were late, in which a forfeit for both teams could have been called.
Remember, Be the first to score and you have a 73% chance of winning it!
Maidstone Market Fall 2017 Champions
Maidstone scores within a minute of the start
The game should have started at 7:00 pm but the teams were not ready until about 7:15 pm but the clock was started at 7:10 pm with Maidstone yelling to have the clock reset but that did not happen. The game had to finish on time. You want to play a full hour, be ready on time.
Hampton FC had just seven men but Maidstone had a full team. Just within the first minute of the start, Mario Olaya of Maidstone Market scores. From that point on,both sides were attacking well with several good shots at the net at both ends but no more goals were scored.
Maidstone Keeps Scoring
In the second half of play, Maidstone had some great shots on the Hampton FC net but their goalie, Qui Que Araya made some nice saves. Maidstone Market scored again when Ernesto Valverde hit the ball toward the Hampton FC goal with team mate Antonio Padilla heading the ball into the net.
At the 47th minute, Maidstone put the game away when Valverde dribbled into the Hampton FC goalie box to blast the ball into the net.
With not much time left Andry Cruz of Hampton FC was attacking. Cruz trying to get a loose ball inside the Maidstone goalie box Maidstone goalie Alex Mesa goes for the ball as Cruz also tries to get to it. Cruz falls to the ground and the referee gives a yellow card to Mesa and a penalty kick to Hampton FC which Tono Gonzalez takes and scores. With that goal, Maidstone goes on to win their third straight championship game.