Another year, another Kelowna-Penticton playoff final in the Capri Insurance 45+ Soccer League.
Second-place Penticton grounded the Leko Precast Camels of Vernon 5-1 under the lights in Summerland, while first-place Brown Benefits bounced fourth-place North Country Appraisals Kickers 4-0 in semifinals Monday night.
Browns stopped United in the 2012 final and lost just one game this year. The final is scheduled for Sunday (7 p.m.) at Beasley Park in Lake Country.
Darren Schimpf hammered in a low shot off a rebound to put Penticton up 1-0 in the second minute. Five minutes later, another corker by Ken Horncastle slipped through Camel keeper Dave Dutcher’s hands and Dave Killick made it 3-0 on a one-timer under the bar in the 12th minute.
Zeke Pescada made it 4-0 on a rocket free kick from 35 yards over the wall at Dale Meadows Park before midfielder Paul Morgan danced around two defenders and scored from just inside the 18 for the Humpbacks.
Zane Klym just missed twice from six yards as the Camels pressed hard to get back in the game. before the break and early in the second half.
Kevin Kothlow completed the scoring on a breakaway in the 75th minute.
In Kelowna, Browns got the winner at 10 minutes when the Kickers’ Roy Hannem blocked a shot in his own box with a slide tackle. Dante Zanatta stepped up and calmly converted the penalty kick.
Browns then poured on the pressure with speedsters Tony Gonzales and Lionel Hoffman continually causing panic in the North Country back end. Hoffman finally broke through to go 1-on-1 with keeper David Gadd and slotted the ball top, left corner to make it 2-0 at the half.
North Country came out after the break and mounted a number of attacks on Steven Heiss’s goal, but the Brown defence held firm with Heuser and Campbell having marvellous games. Heiss made a number of top-drawer saves for the shutout.
Hoffman made it 3-0 in the 70th minute after Gonzales turned North Country’s defence inside out, setting him up with a tap-in from six yards.
Gonzales added the final snipe at 85 minutes when he coolly placed a penalty into the right corner after Matt Cherrille had blocked a certain goal with a slide tackle to give up the penalty.