Morning Star Staff
Despite having a two-week break and having their home game moved to Rutland, Vernon Kal Tire showed no signs of rust with a 3-1 win over Alves Bros. of Kelowna Thursday night.
Kal Tire stayed atop the Kelowna Men’s 35+ Soccer League table at 8-1, while Alves Bros. dipped to 3-4-2. There are eight teams.
Vernon started the scoring with Jesse Knight breaking through and finishing for his seventh goal of the season.
Alves came back when a penalty kick was called and veteran striker Morgan Marrs finished his seventh. The rest of the first half went back and forth.
Play went coast to coast until near the 70th minute when Mark Budgen headed a ball across and Glenn Allan rushed to the back post to put it in the net.
A few minutes later, Knight got free again and despite being taken down and getting advantage, Knight stuck with the ball to finish.
Jeff Nice and keeper Ian Butler shared the La Senza Man of the Match for the Tiremen with great pressure by Nice and stellar stops by Butler.
Kal Tire entertains the Salmon Arm Beer Badgers (3-4-1) Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at MacDonald Park.
With all the North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Masters Division games being called due to incliment weather at Marshall Field Tuesday, players battled through the elements in Salmon Arm.
The Squires Four Pub shook the Shuswap Kaos 4-1 at Jackson Field.
Irene Arrotta was awarded a free kick and found Jacquie Hansen for the ice-breaker.
The Kaos tied it just before half on a beauty corner. Tori Feser sniped her first goal on a gorgeous cross from Jennie Currie.
Hansen sniped her second of the night when pub crew rookie Sabre Cherkowski found Marisa Weibe, who feathered the ball over to Hansen.
Arrotta put the finishing touches on with a bullet off the crossbar and in. Carolyn Gustafson and Barb Levesque played shut-down defence in front of keeper Lisa Arrotta.
The Vernon Liquor Store VQA downed their wine rival Shuswap Merlot 5-0 on a soggy night at Blackburn Park.
Starting the game with only eight players, Jenn Hatten found the back of the net for VQA.
With two players showing up 20 minutes into the first half, Jane Sutton thrrottled home a left-footed blast.
Gail Atha scored her first of two by creating space with her blistering speed.
Carl Biddy added a single for the VQA’s. Susan McKinnon and Karen Benn split the keeper duties.