Raymix, Laraza win season openers
Published: August 27, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association opened its St. Thomas Region adult soccer league on Sunday with two matches at the University of the Virgin Islands.
In front of a crowd of more than 100 soccer fans, Raymix got past Togetherness, 3-1, in the first match, and then Laraza nipped UWS, 1-0.
"It was a great opening," league assistant Glen Monticeux said. "There were two close games, and I was happy so many people still came out after we changed the games to UVI at the last second."
The original venue, Lionel Roberts Stadium, was not playable because of inclement weather.
The eight-team league will play games every week at Lionel Roberts Stadium through Oct. 7 to complete the first round. There will be three rounds played on St. Thomas before the playoffs.
St. Croix started its region's first round two weeks ago and plays matches at Paul E. Joseph Stadium.
In Sunday's second match on St. Thomas, Laraza's Roberto Machado served up a dangerous ball on a free kick and Dusty Good was there for the eventual game-winning goal. It came midway through the second half.
"Roberto scooped a ball around the wall and Dusty was not marked," Monticeux said.
Rie Etienne and Junior Laurencin each found the net in the first half of the day's first match to give Raymix a 2-0 advantage at the intermission. Trevor Wrensford scored the third goal for Raymix as Kurt Duncan tallied the lone goal for Togetherness.
Two other matches were also slated for Sunday but had to be rescheduled. The defending league champion New Vibes will meet Positive Vibes on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium, and the match between Waitikubuli and Victory will be played in October.
For more information about the USVISA St. Thomas Region, call Trevor Antoine at 690-8036.
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