The Vernon Chick Kickers began the North Okanagan Women’s Masters Soccer League season with a gritty 3-0 win over a hard-working, stubborn Salmon Arm Kaos squad at MacDonald Park Tuesday.
Holly Flinkman beat an outside defender down the right side and put a perfect cross to the waiting feet of Dawn Ansdell, who cheekily flipped it over the Kaos goalie for the first goal of the night.
In the second half, midfielder Jen Kemper took control and finished off the Kaos with two quick goals. Flinkman sent Kemper through on a pure break, and Kemper made no mistake blasting the ball through the keeper’s hands and in.
Kemper’s second was an all-day effort, taking the ball at centre and walking through the Kaos defence to the top of the box and finishing with a blast to the top corner.
Goalie Robyn Sherwood recorded the goose egg with help from a stubborn defence, led by halfback Sharon Storms who was playing in mid-season form, to stifle the Kaos wingers with no chances at net.
Gray Monk Impact scored a 3-2 win over Rosters in a great game from both teams at Mac Park.
Jodi Hawthorne potted the late winner while Raegan Russell scored twice for the Impact, one on a through ball from Alicia Mcreary, taking the ball in past two defenders and placing it into the back of the net. The other came off a feed from star defender Erin Fowlie, who tirelessly worked the right back of the park, and blasted it past the Rosters keeper.
Impact MVP was stopper Edeen Yamada, who made countless tackles and great passes to hard-working midfielders Shelinda Morin and Lori Phillip.
Rosters got goals from Lisa Knauf, on a rebound, and Renee Cooke, using the outside of her left foot.
Lisa Fogel worked tirelessly in centre-midfield for Rosters, who started jelling in the second half.