Hitch ditches Outlaws with a deuce

Monashee Surveying FC needed a second-half rally to lasso the Shuswap GM Outlaws 4-3 Wednesday night

Monashee Surveying FC needed a second-half rally to lasso the Shuswap GM Outlaws 4-3 in North Okanagan Soccer League play Wednesday night in Salmon Arm.

The last-place Outlaws took a 2-1 lead at the half before the 9-1 league leaders went to work with three unanswered goals.

Cam Hitch scored on a volley in the opening 45, while Brett Korberg jumpstarted the comeback by nodding in a feed from Karanmeet Khartra early in the final half.

Hitch put Monashee ahead by finishing a 2-on-1 break with Scott Coulthard before Fabrice Fanfani buried a long cross midway through the half for the winner. The 1-5 Outlaws added a late tally.

The second-place North Enderby Timber battled hard with only 10 men but could only muster a 4-4 draw against the Auto Quest Nation of Domination in the Shuswap.

The Timber went down 2-0 early after central fullback Menno Burnet pulled a groin muscle and couldn’t keep up to the speedy NOD strikers. The Timber got within one before halftime when Brent Poulsen took advantage of a poor header by a NOD defender and went in on the breakaway.

NET got a spark at halftime when veteran Harlan Anderson came out of retirement. Anderson sent in Gabriel Price, who deked the charging keeper and made it 2-2.

The 11-man Timber didn’t last long, losing another man to injury before Poulsen set up Oben Tate for the tap in after an end-to-end rush by Evan Frederick, who sent in Poulsen.

The Timber went ahead 4-2 when Burnet scored another goal of the year candidate on a free kick from 45 yards that screamed top corner. The 7-1-1 Timber ran out of gas in the last 15 minutes and gave up a deuce. Stefan Depner was a standout in net. NOD is 3-3-1.

Peters Tirecraft spotted the Revelstoke Stallions a 2-0 lead on some self-inflicted errors before winning 4-2 with a smoking second half.

Shane Whitley crossed a beauty into Quincy Aarts-Roman for a gorgeous header to start the scoring. Tyler Loose tied it up on a massive solo rush from the back end, juking and jiving past everyone in his way and then smashing it bottom corner.

The winner came from Aidan Spraggs, who pounced on a loose ball in the six-yard box and calmly slotted it home. The insurance tally was netted by Brock Reim, who unleashed a stunning left-footed 25-yard shot that landed bottom corner just inside the post past a diving keeper.

“Our defence was spectacular against a big bruising forward competition,” said Tirecraft veteran Rob Spraggs.

The Tirecraft All-Terrain Tread Award was shared by Loose and Kyle Richardson for their great physical work on the back line.

Tirecraft improved to 3-6, while the Stallions dipped to 1-5.