Vernon Toyota shut down the Vernon Square Liquor Store 2-0 in Okanagan Men’s Over 35 Soccer League play Monday night at Marshall Field #1.
Marty Steele opened the scoring midway through the first half, squeezing the ball past the Liquor Store keeper on the short side.
John Orton returned to his scoring ways by punching the second Toyota goal past a sprawling keeper early in the second half.
Orton’s goal was set up by Edmund Lee and Darrin Collie. Toyota is 1-1.
Teammates were calling defender Darcy Sochan “Charlie Hustle” after the match as Sochan was relentless in his pursuit of the ball.
“Sochan was seen scrambling on all fours after the ball after being knocked down on several occasions,” said Mark Budgen of Toyota.
Colin McDonell earned the shutout.
In men’s over 45 season-opening action, the defending champion Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels got three goals from midfielder Dan Zieske in a 5-0 shelling of Okanagan Spring Brewery.
Gord Howard added two goals and Dave Dutcher earned the shutout at Marshall #4.
Zieske, who took the CN Rail Man of the Match, opened the scoring with a 25-yard rocket to the corner after a feed by 50-year-old Brad Hansen.
Zieske then picked off a clearance pass and buried a shot under the crossbar, while Howard made it 3-0 before the half on a pass by Rick Raber.
Howard, on a defensive miscue, and Zieske, on a rebound of a Howard shot off the bar, completed the Humpbacks’ offence.
Dutcher dove to stop Wayne Aasen’s shot to the bottom left corner on a late penalty kick.
Striker Kevin Cowley pocketed all the goals as the Silver Stars grounded Lake Country F.C. 4-0 at Marshall #5.
Stars’ keeper Ted Lurkins made a stellar save on a wind-assisted 40-yard shot in the first half.
It was a different story in the second half as Cowley ripped a 30-yarder that gave the Lake Country keeper no chance. The Stars, bolstered by four rookies from last year’s 35+ Camels, ruled the entire half.
Salmon Arm brushed back Vernon Big O Tire 2-1 at Marshall #2 despite getting outshot badly.
Burly midfielder Brad Conlin gave the Tiremen a 1-0 lead at the break, while Wolfgang Bopp, on a penalty kick, and Andrew Whiston, replied in the second half for Salmon Arm.
Big O striker Mark Wasylyk was stopped on three breakaways, including one just before the final whistle.
In other games, it was North Country Appraisals Kickers 6 Pushor Mitchell 1; Brandt’s Creek 4 Cantina’s Pub 0; Kelowna IGA 4 Rutland Spirit 2; Penticton United 2 Kelowna Rented Mules 0.