Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star Cash Andersen of the U13 Vernon United (right) goes up for a header against River Perlin of the Kamloops Blaze Friday in the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys B Challenge Cup at Marshall Field.

United U13s look for soccer medal

The Vernon Tolko United U13s are undefeated at the Les Sinnot Memorial Boys B Challenge Soccer Cup.

The Vernon Tolko United U13s are undefeated at the Les Sinnot Memorial Boys B Challenge Soccer Cup.

United, coached by Jason Kazimer, Cliff Acob and Simon Challen, shut down the Kamloops Blaze 7-0 Friday afternoon at Marshall Field #2.

Vernon tripped up the Prince George Timberwolves 3-1 in their tournament opener Thursday afternoon at Marshall Field #1.

United faced the Chilliwack Attack in their final preliminary game Saturday afternoon. Chilliwack edged Kamloops 3-2 Thursday and met Prince George later Friday. Medal games in the 46-team tournament go today.

Alexander Jones converted for Vernon at three minutes against Kamloops with a long shot from midfield that went just under the crossbar.

Carter Leahy crossed to Cameron Acob for the second United goal, while Cash Anderson nodded in a Kolby Thorpe corner for the 3-0 snipe.

Landon Janke battled his way from the midfield to score on a hard shot to complete the first-half scoring.

Owen Challen finished a play involving Leahy and Anderson for the 5-0 marker, while Challen connected soon after before Marcus Erho scored on a long pass by Marcus Petersen.

The United defenders were marvellous with Levi Koroll, Alex Kazimer, Zack Loland, Tate Garrod, Jonah Strachan and Liam Collins a solid wall, giving Kamloops very few chances.

Jonathan Fraser-Monroe and Justin Ruscheinsky shared the shutout.

In their opener, Vernon was very strong retaining most of the possession for the majority and going ahead when Anderson capitalized on an assist from Challen midway in the first half.

Late in the first half, Jones sent a long shot over the Prince George keeper’s head for Vernon’s second goal.

Prince George responded before Janke closed the door on a loss of possession from Prince George in the 70th mimute.

Ruscheinsky and Fraser-Monroe shared keeper duties.

“It was a great game with lots of great give-and-go plays but the boys played a great passing game to ward off the heat,” said coach Kazimer.

Vernon was 1-1 in the U15 Division after brushing back the Williams Lake Storm 4-0 Friday morning. Vernon, coached by Henk Bosman and Norm Cramer, lost 5-0 to Coastal FC Royal of Surrey-White Rock in their first match Thursday.

William Oordt-Bosman, on a free kick, Luc Jones, Josh McKeown and Brad Cramer handled the offence versus Williams Lake.

Vernon was 0-2 in the U14 category, losing 5-0 to the Nelson Selects Friday after falling 4-0 to the Campbell River Strikers Thursday morning.

In the U16 group, Vernon was 1-1, clipping Bays United Sabotage 2-1 Friday morning after losing 3-0 to the North Coquitlam Hammers Thursday afternoon.

United bowed 2-1 to the Comox Valley United in U18 play Friday morning. Vernon lost 5-1 to the South Burnaby Strikers in their opener Thursday morning.