The Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels FC snapped a three-game losing streak despite a depleted bench, edging Turn-Key Controls 1-0 Wednesday night at Marshall Field #2.
The Humpbacks (3-3-1) battled Turn-Key (4-3) hard to try and establish a physical presence in the fast-paced, back-and-forth North Okanagan Soccer League match.
Albert Goldnik replaced an injured Ryan Campbell in net for the Camels and turned in an outstanding performance to maintain a clean sheet, shutting the door on a number of breakaway chances, and most notably, punching out a Turn-Key cracker from just inside the penalty area mid-way through the second half.
Goldnik’s ability to send balls deep into the Turn-Key territory sparked the Camels’ offensive push. Hi-Pro scored in the 55th minute on a Nathan Whitling feed to Bryan Schenker at the edge of the penalty area.
Schenker cheekily heeled the ball to a streaking Jonathan Pfaffenrot who buried a rocket far side on a laid-out Turn-Key keeper Jeremy Kler. Despite a number of breakaway chances and corner attempts, Turn-Key failed to equalize.
“It was another tough loss where we struggled to finish our chances. said Turn-Key player/manager Taylor Horsting.
“The Camels goaltender played well, including robbing Preston Tucker of what looked like a sure goal midway through the second half. We will need to work on our corners and finish in the attacking third if we want to get back on track.”
In the NOSL showdown match, it was host Courvas of Salmon Arm brushing back North Enderby Timber 3-1.
All the goals came in the first half with Jesse Knght scoring for NET off a header delivered to the back post off a corner.
Courvas (6-0) used speed for their first and second goals with both goals coming off right wing through balls and low hard shots to the bottom left corner.
The third Courvas tally was off a mistimed header by the NET centre back which resulted in a breakaway. NET (5-2) had a chance to pull within one midway through the second half after a Courvas hand ball inside the 18. Defender Andy Stein sailed the penalty shot over the net.
“We had a few more opportunities but couldn’t catch up,” said Stein. “It was another physical game with both teams pushing hard for the win.”
Nation of Domination Eagle Homes shaded Monashee Surveying 2-1 at Marshall #3.
Alberto Lopez of Monashee made a great run early in the game and the NOD keeper rushed out to get the ball while defender cleaned out a Monashee midfielder, forcing a PK.
Devon Marriot stepped up and buried the shot and Monashee (3-2-1) led 1-0 at the break.
NOD (4-3) evened the score off a gorgeous free kick from about 30 yards.
Shortly after, Eagle Homes scored again off a great ball in from the right, followed by a header on the left post.
The game got tough and cards came out with Cam Clary of Monashee picking up a red for violent conduct. Honorable mentions for strong showings went to Monashee’s Ryan Sharp and Tobi Siegmann.
The Salmon Arm Outlaws clipped Concept Physio 3-2 at Marshall #5.
Shane Whitley beat a defender and put a beautiful shot by the keeper for 0-6-1 Concept’s first goal. The Outlaws (1-6) tied it with a free kick that clipped the wall and took a crazy bounce.
Concept went up 2-1 on a great touch goal from 30 yards by Mike Conlin before the Outlaws equalized before the half and won it on a penalty kick.
The Revelstoke Stallions won 1-0 by default over the shortmanned Davidson & Co. Dynamite.