Dr. Lee’s Dental/Checkers bounced the AF Blazers 4-1 in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Competitive Division play Tuesday night at Marshall Field #2
The Blazers opened the scoring midway through the first half on a great effort from Delinah Erbenich. She deked out the entire defense line and the keeper to knock in an easy shot.
Alana Rehman equalized on a through ball from Lisa Goodgrove just before half.
Madison Kaneda made it 2-1 for Dr. Lee’s eight minutes into the second half on a great feed from Cindy Worth, while Kirsten Dodds made it 3-1 on a great strike from 20 yards out.
Ally Dodds finished off the scoring after a great pass from Andi King. Great defensive play for Dr. Lee’s came from Loren Brunelle, Cindy Worth, Bobbi Cormier, Kim Teichman and Steph Wilson. Lisa Arrotta made some great saves in net.
Jenny Hatten had a strong game on offense for the Blazers, hitting the post and setting up some great scoring chances. Paula Brownlee and Ginger Nickoli controlled the middle while Signi MacNeill was stellar on defense. Eileen Pelliccia had an excellent showing in her debut game as the new Blazers keeper.
In Masters Division action, the newbie Season’s Sistas gained their first point ever in a 1-1 draw with the Shuswap Kaos in Salmon Arm.
Janice Soranno and Arlene Golish both left the game early with knee injuries, putting the Sistas down a player. A misplaced throw from keeper Pam Zalcik fell right at the foot of a Koas forward who buried a shot over Zalcik’s head.
Zalcik rebounded by throwing incredible long balls to open midfielders and forwards, creating many great chances and drawing an assist on the equalizer.
She threw the ball to outside half Tarla Price, who found a speeding Kim Sylvester, who beat the Koas keeper.
Sylvester had two more breaks in the second half and just missed shooting wide on both attempts. Andy Zubot also just missed on her chances, but caused lots of excitement with some creativity.
Sherry Weibe again played a reliable stopper, while Sasha Schenker, Leslie Williams, Coca Fair, Tarla Price and Helene Clark played outstanding defence. Newcomer Deb Whitling played a fabulous centre half, breaking up many plays. Fair had oxygen problems midway through the second half and played keeper, stopping all the Koas attempts.
The Vernon Controllers stopped the Okanagan Impact 1-0 at Marshall #5.
The Impact got great efforts from Wendy Ellis up front and wonderful work by Vicki Ryan on defence. Great hustle in the middle was turned in by Heather Findlay.
Tillicum Controllers used a second-half goal from Danielle Dunsmore to shut down the Okanagan Impact 1-0.
With the wind at their backs, the Controllers spent a lot of time attacking but could not find the net in first-half action. The Impact had some quality chances in the first, but Michelle Wernicke, in her first start for Tillicum, made some great saves for a scoreless draw at the break.
With no wind in the second both teams traded chances. Deana Bakers sent a gorgeous 30-yard pass, catching Dunsmore in full stride ahead of the defender, and with the keeper at her mercy, Dunsmore drove the ball into the net.
Leading by one with 20 minutes to go and Impact pressing, a hard shot looking for the top corner found the fingertips of a leaping Wernicke, earning her the “player of the match.” A stellar performance by Wernicke, a great game by Therese Weber at fullback and strong efforts by midfielders Angela Durfeld and Shawn Yargeau drove the Controllers to victory.
Goplen Drillers took advantage of a miscue by the Shuswap Merlot keeper to score a 1-0 victory.
Christine Gillespie’s direct kick outside the 18-yard box was mishandled by the keeper.
Tina Garrison kept up the attack and knocked in the ball for the goal, one of the few mistakes the Merlot keeper made as she stopped numerous Driller attacks.
Despite being injured Kylah Bryde and Tracey Hill were instrumental in keeping Merlot offense at bay. Coach Darren Zupp was impressed by the team’s passing, hustle and team work.
Vernon Chick Kickers showed their game prowess and ball touch by downing NOU 3-0, all three goals coming in the second half.
The Kickers dominated the first half only to have numerous scoring chances shut down by the NOU defence and keeper.
The second half was more wide open with each team pressing for a goal. Tania Sladen was taken down in the box and Jen Sorochuk struck for a penalty kick goal.
In the next 10 minutes, NOU took a hand ball in the box with Crystal Bergman converting the PK. Birthday girl Jenny Garnett finished off the scoring with a nice diagonal strike on a pass from Colline Johnson.
Fifty-plus wonder woman Sue Bowler found her niche at stopper, playing extremely well defensively and offensively, while Wendy Magnus was a trooper in the sweeper position, allowing keeper Charlene Johnson having to only make two clutch saves in the second half to preserve the shutout.
Outside midfielder Kelly Challen is the Kickers’ Energizer bunny with a wealth of energy and talent to go with it. The Chicks have won three straight.
United received stellar work by speedy defenders Shelly Johnston, Penney Crebo-Dolman, Karen Benn and Pat Neilson and ball controller midfielder Charlotta McNaught and Teresa Collins.
The Salmon Arm Setter’s Pub shut down Monashee’s Pub 2-0.