Browns retains Capri crown

Brown Benefits are once again masters of the Capri Insurance 45+ Men’s Soccer League.

Brown Benefits are once again masters of the Capri Insurance 45+ Men’s Soccer League.

Browns followed up their pennant-winning regular season by grounding Penticton 7-2 in a rematch of last year’s final Sunday at Beasley Park.

Penticton showed up in force with 18 players to face a Browns side that was missing six regulars. But it was the defending champs who opened the scoring at the 15-minute mark when Tony Gonzales raced into the Penticton six-yard box to redirect a precision Larry Kinakin cross.

Browns defence held a high back line and boxed Penticton into its own end for most of the first half, resulting in two more goals before the break. The first came from another Kinakin cross that ended up on the foot of Darryl Hazell who drilled the ball high into the top right corner from 15 yards.

A minute before the break, Jim Kruiper floated a free kick that eluded everyone, including Penticton keeper Mike Killick, and bounced into the far corner.

Gonzales and Lionel Hoffman, both on a breakaways, made it 5-0 before Carlos Mendonca got Penticton onboard with a cross from 40 yards that fooled keeper Steve Heiss.

That was Mendonca’s final contribution as he picked up a second yellow card for dissent a few minutes later and was sent off.

Kruiper and Steve Nader added late singles for Browns, while Rob Jackson, on a penalty, replied for Penticton.