Morning Star Staff
After winning just three games last year, Bosman Accounting matched that digit Monday night by holding back Big O Tire-Turn-Key Control Ogopogos 5-4 in Capri Insurance 45+ Soccer League play at Marshall Field #5.
Team sponsor Henk Bosman scored a deuce, including one on a penalty kick, as the new and improved accountants moved to 3-5.
It was 5-1 Bosman at the half, but the speedy Ogopogos used a heavy 12-minute wind to record two quick goals and apply constant pressure. Bosman keeper Yogi Kongsdorf denied his former club several times in the final 45.
Ian Murphy, Mark Sladen and Rob Ross also scored for Bosman, while Mark Wasylyk (2), John Garner and Henry Czerwonka answered for the Ogopogos (3-4).
Big O keeper Paul Hunter gift-wrapped a pass to Bosman for the opening goal in the third minute. Czerwonka replied a minute later, going crossbar and in from gimme range.
Central midfielder Remco Wijnhorst and outside fullback Gerry Geelkeerken enjoyed stellar showings for Bosman. Central defender Ruben Cervantes won several air balls and just missed on a few chances for Big O, who also got bold play from defender Shawn Wiebe.
The Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels rode into a share of fifth place by shutting down the Rented Mules 3-0 at Marshall #1.
Rick Raber was the On The Roxx Show Lounge Man of the Match, scoring once and drawing two assists as the Humpbacks went to 4-3-1.
Central midfielder Paul Morgan finished a sweet give-and-go breakaway with Raber for the first goal, while Raber’s hard corner was re-directed by Zane Klym off Gord Howard’s ribs for the 2-0 tally.
Raber and Morgan pulled off another give-and-go for insurance. Keeper Dave Dutcher stretched big time for a superb save off a Mule penalty kick in the final half. Midfielder Chris Reeves – sporting a styling new $10 haircut – ran miles for the Camels. The Mules dipped to 3-4-1.
First-place Penticton Dental Centre United cruised to a 5-0 ambushing of the Vernon Liquor Store Stallions at Marshall #2.
Despite a strong start and relentless pressure for much of the first half, the Stallions (4-3-1) were unable to create many chances and found themselves down 2-0 at the half on goals by Steve Grant and Darren Schimpf.
In the second half, and with the wind in their favour, Penticton took control. Even after losing midfielder Derek Webb for his second yellow card, Penticton (8-0) managed three goals, two more by Grant, and a single by Ken Horncastle, who was the recipient of a pretty pass from Grant for an easy tap in.
In other action, Lake Country and Pushor Mitchell drew 2-2, North Country Kickers edged RPM Automotive 3-2 and Brown Benefits bounced Cantinas 5-1.
In Kelowna Men’s 35+ Soccer League action, Vernon Kal Tire lost 2-1 to Freeport Industries of Kelowna at Marshall #4.
Kal Tire (6-2-1) controlled the first half but only got one goal off a great run by Jesse Knight, who beat two defenders and hit a low shot under the Freeport keeper. Knight leads the league with 14 goals.
The Tiremen had a couple of chances but Freeport capitalized on two chances, improving to 5-2-1.
Kal Tire hosts Select Your Tickets of Kelowna next Monday night at Marshall #1.
All five Vernon oldtimers teams got together for a post-game barbecue organized by Akbal Mund. They raised $1,500 for Seb Gardner, a 25-year-old Vernon product going through his third bout of cancer.
Gardner, a Fulton grad and the son of retired Camels’ defender John Gardner, played university soccer for the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in Kamloops.