It was a mismatch on paper, but not on the pitch as the Big O Tire/Turn-Key Ogopogos upset IGA Marketplace 4-3 in Okanagan Men’s 45+ Soccer League play Monday night at Mission Sports Fields in Kelowna.
The fourth-place Ogopogos scrambled to field a roster and ended up with three subs to face an IGA squad that had given up just 13 goals all season.
John Garner, Mark Wasylyk and Parm Klerr collected singles to give 11-7 tiremen a surprising 3-0 first-half lead.
Wasylyk capitalized on a giftwrapped IGA throw-in, going in on a breakaway to beat the IGA keeper. Garner, playing with bruised ribs and an injured groin, collected his goal on a Wasylyk rebound.
Garner then made a nice cross to Wasylyk, who left it for Klerr for a blast to the corner, leaving powerhouse IGA, now 15-2-1, bewildered.
IGA, who outchanced the tiremen throughout the game, regrouped in the second half, led by a pair of goals from talented Jimmy Kruiper. They equalized on a penalty kick by Dante Zanatta after burly Big O forward Paul Hunter tackled a player from behind inside the 18.
Giving it one last effort, Klerr fed a nice through ball to a streaking Wasylyk, who made no mistake finishing.
Turn-Key defenders Rob Ross and Leo Nadeau continually frustrated the IGA squad, while centre halves Brad Conlin and Gary Dill showed tons of hustle.
In other 45+ action Monday night, the Silver Stars collected their second straight win with a 2-1 win over Cantina’s on Marshall #3.
The sweltering heat stifled the play of both teams, but the Stars adapted with a solid short passing game to control the play. Mark DeVolder, Art Renaud and Rick Danyluk ran tirelessly collecting through balls, but were unable to convert.
The 8-5-5 Stars opened the scoring at the 25-minute mark when a gaffe between the Cantinas keeper and his last defender allowed Gary Saunders to score a gimme from eight yards out.
The second half saw both teams fatigued, but the 2-16 Cantinas came out hard, generating some great offence in the first 10 minutes. Stars’ keeper Ted Lurkins made a nice deflection save, pushing the ball just over the bar to preserve the lead.
Steve Coombs made it 2-0 when he made an unchecked run from the back line to pick up a through ball. He chipped a beauty over the goalie from 30 yards out.
Cantinas moved back to within a goal when John Schwaiger scored with eight minutes to play.
Greg Bevandick recorded the hat trick as North Country Appraisals Kickers earned a 3-1 victory over Vernon’s Bosman Accounting at Parkinson Fields in Kelowna.
Bevandick converted twice on breakaways set up by Matt Cherrille. Kent Molgat, John Dorward, Gurinder Dhaliwal and Fritz Berenyi had strong games on the 9-5-4 North Country defence in front of goalie Dave Rundall.
Sleeman’s Man of the Match Henk Bosman had the only goal for the 4-14 accountants on a sneaky free kick. Rumour has it, North Country is still in the process of setting up a wall.
Keeper Pete (The Heat) Richter was fabulous for Bosman, while the back four of Alex Deboersap, Erick Burnet, Chris Nielsen and Bob Fleming were rock steady.
Lake Country blanks Salmon Arm
After missing five games to injury, Bruce McAuliffe scored in his return to spark Lake Country FC to a 4-0 victory over Salmon Arm Monday on Marshall Field #5.
In the second half, Lake Country (10-6-2) put the game away with a trio of goals. Mike Ley, on a brilliant run, Neil McNeil and Glen Heagle completed the scoring.
Salmon Arm, now 7-9-2, had a few good chances in the first half, but struggled in their attack.
Penticton kept its winning streak alive with a 3-0 victory over host Pushor Mitchell Advocates in Kelowna.
Penticton (17-1) took the lead on a great shot by Kevin Kothlow that caught the Pushor Mitchell keeper off his line.
In the second, Penticton upped the pressure and was rewarded with goals by Rob Jackson and Rob Gunning.
The Rented Mules continued their recent run of good form with a decisive 5-1 win over Rutland Spirit at Mission Sports Fields.
The Mules’ Clarke Burnett headed home a Grant Turik free kick to open the scoring, and Dewayne Robinson chipped over the Rutland keeper to double the lead.
Rutland opened the second half the better of the two teams, but were unable to break down the Mules’ defence, anchored by the always reliable Mike Daley.
Harry DeHaas then took over for the Mules, clicking on three of four breakaways in the last 20 minutes.
Rutland got a deserved consolation goal at the end, when Micha Yakonowsky tapped home a rebound following Mike Hrzic’s excellent save of a Roger Russell shot.
Brandt’s Creek Pub forfeited their Monday nighter with Leko Precast Camels due to a lack of players. The Camels are 13-4-1, Brandt’s 5-11-2.
Celtic torch Kal Tire
In Okanagan men’s 35+ play, Vernon Celtic carried on their winning ways with a convincing 6-0 victory over Vernon Kal Tire on Marshall #2.
The Celtic, coached by Kay Tolpinrud, rolled with a full squad to force the tempo in scorching heat. Goalie Ryan Sharp set up the opening goal by launching a long kick behind the Kal Tire defence. Bryan Schenker rushed onto the ball and rounded the goalie for the easy tap in.
Schenker added another 10 minutes on a solo run that started in the midfield.
Just before halftime, underrated midfielder Graeme McGee made a rush along the sideline, shed his marker and delivered a perfect cross to Rodney Goodchild for a gorgeous header just under the crossbar.
Kal Tire, who dipped to 2-12-2, tested Sharp on several occasions in the second half and hitting the uprights twice. However, the 9-5-2 Celtic displayed some nice one-touch passing that resulted in Geoff Straight burying a top-corner strike past netminder Tim Clark.
Kriss Yargeau and Tim McGowan, converting on a late penalty, completed the scoring.
Ryan Leibel played a particularly strong game for the Celtic, covering multiple positions and making several key tackles on the swampy field.