Penticton United shaded the Vernon Leko Precast Camels 2-1 in a Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League showdown Monday night at Marshall Field #2.
The Camels gained the advantage by winning the coin toss and playing the first half with the benefit of the strong wind at their backs. The move paid off in the 15th minute as striker Gordie Howard was put through the Penticton defence by Rob Hulstein and beat keeper Mike Killick low, near side.
Penticton fought back, and late in the first half striker Kevin Kothlow was fouled by Jim Mottus inside the 18-yard box. Winded on the play, Kothlow deferred to Rob Jackson who buried the penalty bottom left past Dave Dutcher.
In the second half, Penticton began controlling more of the play. With greater possession, Penticton converted when a hard shot on net from the right wing by Peter Ruocco rebounded off Dutcher to a charging Dave Braumberger, who nicely finished.
Kothlow was again fouled inside the box and was awarded with a second penalty, only to be denied left side by a diving Dutcher.
Penticton (7-1) prevented the Camels (6-2) from gaining the equalizer with their continued possession and strong defence.
The Silver Stars remained the lone unbeaten team by cruising to a 4-1 victory over the Rutland Spirit at Marshall Field #3.
Rutland defended well, playing with only nine to start the game, but eventually the Stars found the net.
Saskatchewan import Rob Bauml opened the Stars’ scoring in the 27th minute when he badly misfired on a volley from 15 yards out, and then found himself alone with the rebound at the six-yard box.
Gary Saunders was the beneficiary of a Brian Eso through ball on the left wing at 35 minutes and went in alone, putting the ball past a sprawling Rutland keeper to make it 2-0 at the half.
The Spirit used the wind to their advantage in the second half, but the Stars kept pressing. Art Renaud and former California college footballer Zane Klym ran tirelessly to force turnovers and eventually the Stars were rewarded in the 58th minute when Bauml scored his second of the game by heading in a Renaud corner. The speedy Eso was instrumental in setting up a clear lane for the ball to go into the net.
John Phillips finally broke the shutout for Rutland (0-7-1) at 68 minutes when he collected a long clearing attempt and then battled past a Star defender to go in alone and score shortside on his breakaway.
Rutland had several other great chances to close the gap, including a beautiful cracker from 25 yards by Roger Russelli that banged off the crossbar.
Renaud closed out the scoring with eight minutes left, taking a clearance pass from Bauml and making a dazzling 60-yard sprint down field past everybody for a far-side finish. The Stars moved to 4-0-4 and Rutland fell to 0-7-1.
North Country Appraisals Kickers brushed back the Big O Tire/Turn-Key Controls Ogopogos 2-1 at Parkinson Field #16.
A determined Mark Wasylyk grabbed a turnover and drilled a rebound off the keeper to give the 4-4 Ogopogos the early lead. Roland Riedstra drew the assist.
Fritz Berenyi levelled the score in the next minute, riverdancing through a few defenders and going low corner past keeper Yogi Kongsdorf. Greg Bevandik earned the assist.
The Kickers (3-4-1) enjoyed several corners in the second half and 20 minutes in, Bevandik scored on a Pat Ash header for the winner.
The Kelowna Rented Mules outlasted Vernon’s Bosman Accounting 5-2 at Parkinson #9, using a three-goal, 10-minute explosion to break open a tight 1-1 game midway through the first half.
Guy Paulsen took the Wendy’s Man of the Match for Bosman with two goals. Paulsen hammered a first-timer in tight at five minutes after Henk Bosman headed an Erick Burnett corner.
The Mules discovered some holes in the Bosman back line and reeled off three snipes on well-placed through balls from the midfield that left attackers in alone – Bal Poonian with his first goal since his prom night, followed by Andreas Dietrich and Grant Turik, with the passes from Mike Hrzic, Turik and Tim Moore respectively.
Steve Wilson buried a low, hard free kick off a Bosman behind, on a feed by Hrzic, early in the second half. Paulsen connected again on a goal-mouth scramble, while Harry De Haas converted one last breakaway for the 2-4-2 Mules with a few minutes left. Bosman dropped to 1-7.
Lake Country brushed off the Pushor Mitchell Advocates 2-1, Salmon Arm McIssac & Co. blanked Brandt’s Creek 2-0 and Kelowna Marketplace IGA crushed Cantinas 7-0.
In 35+ men’s play, Mike Collins posted the shutout as the Vernon Celtic shut down Vernon Kal Tire 3-0 at Marshall #4.
Chris Bader, Jesse Knight and Kriss Yargeau handled the 4-2-2 Celtic offence. They had a strike go off the Kal Tire post and then beat the defence to the rebound to go up 1-0.
The Celtic were awarded a penalty kick when a Kal Tire defender took down a Celtic player in the box. Nolan Clark took the shot and keeper Tim Clarke made the save. The Celtic went up 2-0 before the half.
Kal Tire had few chances in the second half but mostly were only able to contain the Celtic who scored one more off a defensive miscue with keeper.