The Vernon Controllers knew Rosters would come out hard to avenge a 1-0 loss earlier this North Okanagan Women’s Soccer League Masters Division season.
And Rosters appeared serious when tall striker Tori Haller made a sweet run down the right side and at the edge of the 18-yard box, drifted a shot over the head of a surprised keeper Mickey Templeton, in the opening minute.
The Controllers gained their composure and went on to clip Rosters 2-1 in a good shoulder-to-shoulder battle to stay one win back of the third-place Longhorn Impact.
Felicia O’Gorman equalized by beating keeper Peggy Warnes on the left side from 12 yards in the 15th minute.
O’Gorman almost got the go-ahead goal when her quick shot from in close was headed out by a defender with the keeper clearly beaten.
Minutes into the second half, the Controllers recorded the winner when Ang Durfeld knocked the ball across the goal line after keeper Jenny Mae couldn’t handle a 30-yard howitzer by slick and tricky Jacquie Nuyens.
Rosters thought they had tied the game after a through ball was put in the back of the net off a scramble but the linesman had his flag up for offside and the goal was not allowed.
In the dying minutes, O’Gorman again on a header forced the keeper to make a great save after a terrific cross from Michele Wernicke.
Krista Backer and O’Gorman were hot up front for the Controllers (10-3-2), while midfielders Sena Bishop, Krista Copeland, Leslie Epp and Durfeld used a short passing game for success.
The Vernon Square North Okanagan United, led by their fearlous banged up, black-eyed veteran Shelly Johnston, shut down shorthanded Season’s Sista’s 5-0 at Marshall Field #3.
Sue Barss, from the far right corner, and Shelley Henry on a header pass by Wendy Stevens, gave NOU the quicky 2-0 lead.
Calendar girl Char McNaught, with her head facing backwards, neatly headed in the 3-0 goal just before the half.
Cheryl Roddis, on a big boom, and Carla Gibson, on a splendid run and shoot, completed the offence for NOU (6-4-4), whose keeper, Dar Wiese, made numerous sharp goal kicks.
The 0-15-1 Sista’s lost speedy and fiesty forward Becky Birbilis early with an ankle injury, which put more bloom and gloom into the situation.
However, the Sista’s pulled up their socks and went to work anyway, with keeper Susan August agressively challenging attacks, and forward-turned-defender Sasha Schenker denying several rushes all night.
Andrea Zubot, playing against her old squad, had great chemistry with Kim Sylvester with give-and-goes creating many break ins and just missing with some exciting hard, long bombs.
Wendy Horner, Sherry Weibe and Wonita Garner were also stellar on defence.
Cooper pulls hat trick
The Longhorn ambushed Shusway Kaos 8-0 in Salmon Arm to move into a share of second spot with idle Ted United.
“It was a very consistent night for us; we passed extremely well and sent many crosses in,” said Impact veteran Suzie Andrews.
Jodi Hawthorne scored first on a shot from 10 yards outside the box after a run up the right wing.
Myra McEwan walked the ball in to score the second goal and then made it 3-0 from the far left wing on a beautiful shot over the keeper’s head,.
Dawn Heiss scored on a lovely tap in after the keeper bobbled the ball.
Julie Hamer took over goalkeeping duties from Derri Ann Cooper at the half, and Cooper scored three goals in 20 minutes as she ran miles.
Edeen Ramsey netted the final Longhorn goal, while the Sweet Caroline’s Bakery Lady of the Match was Velvet Beaumont for great hustle controlling the back line and feeding midfielder Tina Garrison, who in turn found the forwards.
Kickers blank Merlot 5-0
The first-place Chick Kickers Pinot toppled the Salmon Arm Merlot 5-0 at Blackburn Park.
The 13-1-1 Kickers’ Okanagan Spring Brewery Lady of the Match was Jen Sorochuk as she recorded a triple-double with two goals, two assists and two red butts.
Colline Johnson also scored twice and a Merlot own goal looked after the scoring.
Midfielder Jenny Garnett was the Chicks’ Eveready Bunny of the Week playing end to end for the 100 yard field, while Shauna Stenquist showed great explosive speed on the forward line.
Charlene Johnson came off the injury reserve list to play goal, making some great key saves in the last 10 minutes.
Rae golden for Little Tex
The Little Tex Outlaws took over second place in Division 1 by grounding host Glenn Power of Salmon Arm 2-0.
Anita Rae sent a gorgeous cross to the front which was nicely headed in by Christine Fraser, who had an amazing game and was tireless all night setting up many chances.
Jenn Kemper scored on a hard blast into the corner for the insurance goal, also assisted by Rae.
Little Tex (6-6-2) got strong games in the middle from Rae, Stephanie Conti, Jasmine Whitling and Eilina Huisken.
Monica Neilson had several scoring chances but couldn’t capitalize, unleashing three shots on net in the first five minutes.
Jordan Mercer was strong in the back keeping Salmon Arm’s threats to a minimum, receiving superb support from Jen Knopf, Kristy Anderson and Stacey Cover.
Eileen Fox (aka Foxy Lady) was the Magic Mike Lady of the Match making great saves all night long.
Arrotta hits 750-goal mark
The first-place Dr. Lee’s Dental Clinic stormed last-place AF Blazers 10-1 at Marshall #5.
Miller Genuine Draft Lady of the Match Irene Arrotta scored her 750th competitive league goal late in the second half as Dr Lee Dental improved to 11-0-2.
Dana Reid, from Jacquie Hansen and Andi King, in the second minute, started the onslaught, with Hansen adding two goals of her own, King supplying 1+4, Maddie Kaneda earning 2+2 and Margo Fleming getting 1+2. Singles also came from Leah Frye and Stephanie Wilson.
Arrotta, who added three assists, has been playing competitive soccer for 27 years, and was set up by Kaneda and blasted a 25 yarder past Katie Hatten with 10 minutes left. Several of the Floss Crew, who switched positions, tried to set Arrotta up in the second half, as Arrotta hit the crossbar and shot wide on her chances.