Vernon Tolko United ran to a 2-2 draw with Penticton Pinnacles in Thompson Okanagan Under 14 Boys Soccer League play Sunday at Marshall Field.
Penticton scored near the 12th minute and Vernon responded just before the recess when Ronan Bedard’s cross into the penalty area ricocheted in off a defender.
Vernon maintained pressure with Justin Russell giving a great feed up the middle to Ashton Kamaryk for the go-ahead snipe. Penticton equalized with a great shot just out of the reach of keeper Gage Stoll.
United coach Rick Ogasawara was pleased with his entire squad and praised their hard work.
United U15 Boys fell 7-0 to the Kelowna Heat, the third time this season the extremely skilled Heat have defeated Vernon.
Vernon competed extremely well in the first half with solid defending from the back four of Kobe Grant, Lucien Desmazes-Landry, Kaden Funk and Luc Jones. The midfield of Aidan Buckley, William Oordt-Bosman, Aiden Skinner and Brad Cramer competed well for the ball and were able to put pressure on the Heat.
Unfortunately after the two soft initial goals, the Heat settled down and gained some confidence. This led to them using the wide spaces and taking a 4-0 lead at the half.
Vernon started the second half in aggressive and committed form. Kaden Funk moved into goal, and the returning Tage Kineshanko added some confidence to the defence, and again Vernon applied some strong pressure. The Heat countered with three more goals.
United U12 (VUB) brushed back Kelowna R 4-1 and upended Kelowna D 6-4 in Salmon Arm.
Mitchell Bond scooped a hat trick and Jerome Winter added a single in the opener. Mac Sorochuk was solid in net, while bold play on the front end came from Ethan Anderson, who twice set up Bond, Mathew Acob, Eric Anderson, Chase Cederholm, Ed Scott and Lucas Holtz.
Josh Mark, Horatio Andow, Mathew Hill Turner and Austan VandenBrand were marvellous on the back line.
Game 2 saw United get another hat trick from Bond, a deuce from Winter and one from Ed Scott in front of Sorochuk.
The United U11 Boys had mixed results, blanking Kelowna United Trozzo 3-0 and losing 6-1 to Kelowna United Gosal in the scorching heat Sunday in Kamloops.
In Game 1, Alistair Meyer opened the scoring for United with a super volley off a rebound. Thomas Nice rushed forward splitting the defence and burying a hard shot. Tolko’s attack kept moving with Tristiano Driedzic carrying the ball down the left flank and beating the keeper with a corker. Ford Race was stellar earning the clean sheet.
In Game 2, United started strong with Charlie Erickson smashing in the rebound from a Rylan Nadurak shot. Nadurak pressed for a second goal but his efforts only slightly missed. Dane Beaton was solid in defence in both games and Jeffrey Curtis played a great midfield game. The heat and tired legs became too much for Vernon and they lost momentum and fizzled out.
The Tolko U11 Team Lockwood Boys braved the Kamloops heat for a second straight weekend and came away a little singed.
The day started with a tight match against Kelowna United A, losing 3-2 in a match fraught with challenging calls. This was the third time these two teams have met his season and was the best result for Vernon.
Griffin Trickey popped in a great goal thanks to a smooth build up from left fullback Logan Andrew. Conrad Halloran had the other Vernon on a determined solo effort. Liam Gleeson and Alex Sewell continued to shine in the midfield, fearless and determined in their pursuit of the ball while Ethan Nickoli and Nolan Stiven were the journeymen of the team; playing defence, midfield and striker as needed.
As part of the Vernon United development philosophy, players are rotated between the two teams to get playing time with all other Vernon players and under all the coaches. This really paid off in the second game as two new recruits, Sam and Adam Levesque, found the back of the net in a frustrating 7-3 loss to Kelowna United T.
Conrad Halloran also added a goal on another valiant solo effort. James Lockwood, adapting to his new position on wing back, had some brilliant runs down the wings, beating multiple players and sending in some pinpoint crosses. Al Durfeld, the other new addition, was rock-solid on defence while keepers James Tolpinrud and Lyndon Carleton were tested hard and often in net.
United U12 Boys VUZ played outstanding but fell 3-2 to the Revelstoke Avalanche Sunday against Revelstoke in Salmon Arm.
Revy started the game off with strong pressure, blasting one past Dillon Rinkel and his back four. Rinkel came back strong with several subsequent saves. Revy soon made it 2-0.
After returning from halftime and strategizing with their coaches, Vernon returned with vengeance. Their first goal was scored by Kailen Russell, assisted by Henery Routley and Hunter Schindel. The Luca Ariano to Jentenzen Peterson combo was stopped by Revy’s keeper, but Ariano came back kicking one high and into the net.
James Richardson, Rowan Smith, Kaden O’Connor and Blake Beaton held strong defense. Revy scored the last goal from a corner. Josh Donison and Rowan Calder applied great pressure all day.