The Vernon Controllers lost 1-0 to Hi Cal United, a blend of California and Hawaiian players, in their third women’s 40+ soccer match, Tuesday, at the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy.
United connected on a rush down the right side with a shot finding top corner with keeper Michelle Embleton having no chance.
It was a hard-fought game with Michele Wernicke, Jody Pope, Brandi Hunter and Val Percy rock-solid and midfielders Leslie Epp and Jodi Hawthorne stellar in the loss.
In Wednesday play, the Controllers shut down Southern California 2-0 with Embleton having very little action.
Angela Durfeld scored in the opening minute after feeds from Jacquie Nuyens and Michelle Mercer. Minutes later, Nuyens buried a rebound off a shot from Jenny Currie after a through ball from Krista Backer.
Mercer almost made it 3-0 as her one-time volley grazed the outside of the post. The Controllers move on to the quarterfinals.
The North Okanagan United over 40s tied Hi Cal United 1-1 and lost 4-1 to the Fraser Valley Storm.
Kim Reid converted a Federica Tamaglini corner for NOU’s goal in the draw Tuesday.
Reid also scored in Wednesday’s loss, off a Tamaglini throw in. NOU finished third in their pool and had another game Thursday.
Vernon’s John Neilson, coach of a Calgary women’s volleyball entry, earned a gold medal as the group of former national teamers iced the Ukraine.
In North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Masters Division play, Goplen’s Drillers shut down Shuswap Merlot 3-0 Tuesday night at Blackburn Park.
Goals came late in the first half with newcomer Melissa Hensen involving herself in a scramble, taking the ball off the keeper and passing to Nancy Nickoli, who scored from a sharp angle.
With a minute left in the half, Nickoli sent a through ball to forward Geri O’Brien, who beat a defender and the keeper to put the Drillers up 2-0.
Barb Levesque, who ran tirelessly the whole game in stopper, sent a through ball to Michelle Loxam. Loxam then laid it back to O’Brien, who put a long, high shot over the keeper’s outstretched arms. Shawn Nickoli posted her second shutout of the season as the Drillers improved to 4-10-5. The Merlot dipped to 4-12-3.
The Little Tex Outlaws re-configured their roster due to a multitude of injuries and player losses and their hard work paid off with a 3-1 win over Dr. Lee Dental in Division 1 play Tuesday night at sweltering Marshall Field #5.
Brittany Davison worked alongside Brianna Ostafie and Toren Huntley to set up two beautiful goals by Steph Conti.
Katelyn Dyck and Christine Fraser solidified the back line, while Anita Rea and Jasmine Whitling tidied up the midfield using solid ball control and distribution.
With 20 minutes left in a physical second half, Fahn Hastie received a strategic pass from Lisa Stewart. Hastie beat two defenders and tucked a hard left-footed shot top cheese.
Kim Teichman replied late for the regular-season champion Floss crew (13-3-1). Little Tex is 8-4-5.
The AF Blazers defeated Wrap Zone 5-1 in other Division 1 play at Marshall #4.
Ali Clarke opened the scoring with her 12th of the season, Hailey Woon earning the assist. Wrap Zone responded five minutes later.
With 10 minutes remaining in the half, Woon knocked in a feed from Janna Cummings to regain the Blazer lead.
With the wind in their favour, the Blazers dominated the second half and Woon put the Blazers up 3-1 before returning veteran Krista Ference scored off a nifty curving shot. Shelby Price rounded out the scoring with her third of the season just skimming in below the crossbar.
Sierra Hatten, who made a guest appearance to join her aunts Jenny and Katie on the pitch, was outstanding on defence along with Amber Maltman, Amanda Swales and Jessica Brewis. Newcomer Brittany Altwasser and Jenny Hatten were solid in the midfield, while Shantell Hayhurst put through some quality crosses to help out the Blazer offence.
Katie Hatten made several key saves as the Blazers went to 6-9-2. Wrap Zone is 0-17.
The NET Celtics edged Glenn Power of Salmon Arm 1-0 at Marshall #2. Jodi Bariesheff showed splendid skills by beating several players and having patience to hammer the ball home with her left peg.
Maddy Demers had a great game working her way back from a nagging ankle injury. Ashley Krause earned the shutout in place of regular keeper Charmaine Biagioni.