Wolfgang Bopp can dribble a soccer ball in a canoe without getting wet.
The crafty central midfielder created magic on the soccer pitch Thursday night, scoring in the 37th minute as the Silver Stars grounded Vernon Kal Tire 1-0 in Okanagan Men’s 55+ Soccer League play at MacDonald Park.
Bopp square danced around three defenders before burying a low shot past keeper Akabal Mund, who recorded a handful of stellar saves on the night.
Midfielder Nigel Clack joined Bopp in maintaining solid ball possession for the first-place Stars (17-3-2). Central defender Geoff Greenwell also sparkled for the Stars.
Midfielder/striker Terry Lowe tackled and ran hard, earning a couple of cautions from the referee and the BX Sausage Man of the Match for the 8-10-2 Tiremen.
In other action, Greg Kilmartin exploded with a hat trick as the Kelowna Kickers stuffed the host Penticton Dental Centre United 4-0 at Kings Park.
Kelvin Ankel also scored for the 12-6-2 Kickers. Todd Ryder stopped a penalty shot and got the shutout. Penticton dipped to 14-6-2.
Meanwhile, the Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ League quarterfinal playoffs go Monday night with the Vernon Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels battling the host Lake Country Lakers under the lights (8:00) at Beasley Park #2.
The Big O Tire-Turn Key Controls Ogopogos of Vernon face the North Country Appraisals Kickers at Mission Field #9 at 7:45 p.m.