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Blazers end scoring drought with draw

AF Blazers’ Dana Lazar takes control of the ball against the NET Celtics in women’s Division 1 soccer action Tuesday night at Marshall Field. - Jose Larochelle/Morning Star
AF Blazers’ Dana Lazar takes control of the ball against the NET Celtics in women’s Division 1 soccer action Tuesday night at Marshall Field.
— image credit: Jose Larochelle/Morning Star

Morning Star Staff

Four games without a goal was more than enough agony for the AF Blazers.

Marjorie Boisvert snapped the Blazers’ scoring drought as they gained a 1-1 draw with North Enderby Timber Celtics in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Division 1 action Tuesday night at Marshall Field #1.

The Celtics controlled most of the play but were repeatedly foiled by brilliant Blazers’ substitute keeper Jeanette Maleska.

The Celtics (2-1-2) got their goal from star left midfielder Jodi Bariesheff, her second tally in as many games. Bariesheff took a nifty chip pass from Carly Smith over the Blazers’ speedy back line on the left side of the pitch. Bariesheff shielded off a defender while cutting inside to slot the ball nicely into the corner.

The Blazers continued to build pressure in the first half, earning a free kick roughly 20 yards out. The Blazers made a short pass to get an amazing shot top shelf, leaving Charmaine Biagioni to make a world-class save tipping the shot over the cross bar.

“Charmaine’s skills are unmatched in this league, I would confidently put her in goal on NET men’s team without batting an eye” said coach Graham Ross, of his University of the Fraser Valley Cascades recruit.

Biagioni, a Pitt Meadows product, earned 10 shutouts two years ago when the Cascades bagged a bronze medal in the CIS national finals.

The Blazers equalized late in the game pushing up several forwards, beating the Celtics’ offside trap and sending four forwards crashing down on Biagioni.

The first shot was hammered bottom left, Biagioni used her reach diving to the corner to make the save, only to get out numbered by the Blazers for an easy tap in by Boisvert. Kailee Streichert and Dana Lazar earned the assists.

Bariesheff and Biagioni were clear standouts in the game, sharing Dairy Queen Player of the Game honours.

Boisvert put a rocket past Biagioni and off the crossbar with five minutes remaining. Boisvert, Streichert and Carissa Morneau had countless scoring opportunities.

Amber Maltman was brilliant as always on the Blazer d-line with help from Jessica Brewis and Manpreet Dosanjh. The Blazers are 0-4-1.

Dr. Lee Dental Clinic scored four first-half goals and cruised to a 4-0 win over Salmon Arm Glenn Power in Division 1 play at Marshall #4.

Maddie Kaneda opened the scoring in the 10th minute, catching the Salmon Arm keeper off her line and firing a 30-yard shot top corner.

Andi King set up Jacquie Hansen 10 minutes later, Hansen tapping it into the open net.

King made it 3-0 on a header off an Irene Arrotta corner, and King again converted on a 35-yarder. Lisa Arrotta earned the shutout as Dr. Lee improved to 4-0-1 atop the table.

Stephanie Wilson had a strong game at centre midfield and was named the Township 7 Lady of the Match.

 

 

 

Johnston delivers winner

In Masters Division play, the Vernon Square Liquor Store NOU United edged the Goplen Drillers 2-1 at Marshall #5.

In the aftermath of a busy long weekend running the National Oldtimers Tournament, weary NOU side hit the windy field stuck in their end for most of the first half and were down 1-0. Lena Urquart took a perfect through ball from defender Tracey Hill and calmly  beat two defenders, went around the keeper and found net.

NOU came alive, and with the help of newfound celebrity Shelley Henry, equalized early in the second half on a Henry shot from inside the 18.

In the last dying seconds of the game on her second breakaway, defender Shelly Johnston took a feed from Henry, outran a few defenders and faced keeper Shaun Nickoli eye to eye. Nickoli caught the shot but lost control as it trickled over the line.

The Drillers (0-4-1) got outstanding games from Kate Ball and Amber (Bulldog) Tew, playing outside defence and stopping several runs by NOU. Lisa Lanaway, playing centre midfield, also had a strong game, almost getting the go-ahead goal with a strike off the crossbar.

The Vernon Controllers struggled with the wind for one half before clipping the Shuswap Merlot 2-1 at Marshall #2.

Controllers’ keeper Mickey Templeton was stellar as the Merlot took advantage of the first-half wind.

A Merlot defender was called for a handball early in the second half and forward Emma Louis slammed the penalty kick bottom right for the lead.

The Merlot (3-2-1) tied the score midway through the second half on a seeing-eye shot just under the bar.

The Controllers (3-1-2) answered back when Templeton put the ball up to Jackie Nuyens on the right side. Nuyens fed speedy Deanna Baker in alone and Baker easily beat the keeper top corner.

Midfielders Krista Backer, Leslie Epp, Therese Weber and another strong game from Jenny Currie were the difference for the Controllers. Louis was outstanding up front with help from Baker and newcomer Sherry Kineshanko.

Season’s Sista’s gained their first point of the season by battling the Shuswap Kaos to a 1-1 draw in Salmon Arm.

With some nursing injuries, and some just battered and bruised and very tired after playing in the National tournament, the Sista’s never gave up.

The Season’s front line was tireless with several drives to the net by Andy Zubot and Kerry Story, while Sherry Weibe was sharp as first-half keeper.

Becky (Bubbles) Birbilis played goal in the second half and was equally solid, making some big saves and coming out to challenge drives to the net.

The midfield of Lesley Williams, Pam Zalcik and Birbilis used their great ball sense to find open teammates, while Deb Whitling was a menace to her check on the defensive line and quick to the ball.

Juanita Garner was always ready to step up to help fend off an attack on the back line time and time again.

The Sista’s got their goal on a beautiful cross from Birlbilis to Zubot, who buried the ball in the back of the net. The Kaos went to 1-4-1.

First-place Ted United shut down Rosters 4-0 Tuesday night in Salmon Arm.

Emily Styles started off the scoring early in the first half with a left-footed shot from the top of the 18. Sue Doray resumed her scoring ways, notching the next two goals. It was 3-0 for most of the second half thanks to some great saves by Rosters’ keeper Gennie Mae Deines.

Cathy Bartsch found the net in the final minutes as United improved to 6-0. Linda Yawney made her debut in net and earned the shutout. Rosters (1-2-2) received notable efforts in the midfield by Andrea Southam and Christine Trickey.

 

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