lisa mazurek/morning star Holly Flinkman of the Vernon Chick Kickers and Claire Rithaler of the Shuswap Mighty Merlot battle for the ball deep in the Merlot end in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Masters Division play Tuesday night at Marshall Field.

Dental crew sparkling

Dr. Lee Dental beats league-leaders for second straight week

Dr. Lee Dental beat the league leaders for the second week in a row.

After helping knock Gray Monk Impact from the top of the standings a week ago, Dr. Lee crew went to Salmon Arm and stopped front-running TED United 6-2 in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Masters Division play.

After TED opened the scoring, it did not take long for the floss crew to come back with Delinah Erbenich taking a great through ball from Cindy Worth and then taking on a charging United keeper and two defenders to slip the ball into the net. Dr. Lee took the lead 10 minutes later on an awarded penalty shot after a TED defender used her hands to prevent a goal (player given red card) – the spot shot was converted by Irene Arrotta.

Dr. Lee took over the game about 10 minutes into the second half with a great run by Erbenich, whose shot was blocked by the goalie but sent off a massive scramble in the six-yard box with Julie Bolton finally heading the ball over to Most Sportsmanlike Player Barb Levesque, who tapped the ball into the net.

Erbenich added two more, on great feeds from Ronda Thomas and Irene Arrotta, and Erin Scott finished the dental scoring, rifling in a shot from 20 yards out, set bup by Deanna Baker.

Lisa Arrotta was a rock in the net for Dr. Lee with a number of great saves, helped out by strong defending from Thomas, Amanda Bolton, Worth, Jenn Currie, Paula Brownlee and Jenn Matsuda.

The Controllers edged Courtesy Motors Sistas 1-0, the only goal coming in the 67th minute from Jacquie Nuyens, who took a cross from Elena Sookarow, beat a couple of defenders and hit a solid shot into the far corner of the net.

Amy Shupe almost scored in the first minute of the game but the ball hit the inside of the left goal post and bounced back out.

Nuyens carried the ball down the right wing to set up Wanda Vanderveen twice early in the first half where the Sistas keeper made two brilliant saves. Angela Durfeld also had some lovely shots from centre mid but just couldn’t quite find the back of the net.

The Sistas came back for the end of the first half with some strong offence but could not get past the great defensive tact from Maritza McLeod, Karen Zupp, and Christyna Whieldon. Michelle Embleton was stellar in net all night and Nuyens made a great header away from the Controllers net to keep the score 0-0 at the half.

The second half started with three precise corner kicks by Michele Wernicke which showed high goal-scoring potential but the Controllers were shut down by a solid wall of Sistas players.

Jody Peshko played an outstanding game as stopper. Shupe, Carla Rayner, and Laura Champigny had some lovely break aways up front and the Sistas goalie did a great job saving a lot of shots.

Sistas keeper Wendy Nadeau, along with a star studded defensive line of players Nancy Bandy, Bobbie Catt, Bridget Frick and Liz Peterson, put on an impressive show, holding the Controllers to the one goal game.

Nuyens, for the Controllers, and Darlene Wiesse, for the Sistas, were named most sportsmanlike players.

VQA scored four second-half goals to turn back Rosters 4-0.

Carla Gibson opened and closed the scoring for VQA netting the winner off a Sheila Westwell corner kick, which also included a pass from Ginger Nickoli.

Westwell scored her first of the season, and Nickoli rocketed in a shot from outside the 18 to complete the scoring.

Sue Barss made many fabulous saves for the shutout.

Roster defender Lisa VanderVelde was selected as her team’s Woman of the Match.

A carbon-copy game was held at Marshall Field, as the Vernon ChickKickers scored four in final 45 minutes to blank Shuswap Mighty Merlot 4-0.

Michelle Loxam got her first of the season to open the scoring, assisted by Tania Sladen, who delivered a perfect header to Loxam who found low left side of net.

Colline Johnson, Sladen and Jen Kemper finished off the scoring while Robyn Sherwood recorded the shutout.

The ‘Kickers’ back line was incredible in the heat, never tiring to keep Merlot with few attempts at net. Lisa Lanaway filled in at the stopper position effortlessly.

Two goals each from Maddy Laranjo, Emily Kronbauer and Kira Lee helped Newshounds to an 8-2 romp over the Blazers in Division 1 action Tuesday.

AJ Jacura also scored for the top-of-the-table Hounds, while the other marker was an own goal.

Diane Neudorf, burying a beautiful cross from Shantelle Hayhurst, and Michelle Smith replied for the Blazers.

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