Jodi Hawthorne (left) and Tina Garrison struggle for possession in Division 2 women's soccer Thursday at Marshall Field.

Jodi Hawthorne (left) and Tina Garrison struggle for possession in Division 2 women's soccer Thursday at Marshall Field.

Findlay powers Brew Crew with first-half hat trick

Heather Findlay fires hat trick as Capri Insurance Brew Crew bounces Centreline Attack in women's Division 2 soccer action in Vernon.

Heather Findlay converted three first-half breakaways as the Capri Insurance Brew Crew bounced Centerline Attack 4-2 in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Division 2 play Thursday night at Marshall Field #2.

Both teams played shorthanded in an intense battle, with Amelia Wirch having a couple of great attempts on goal for the Brew Crew. Keeper Emily Hamer had to be sharp as Centerline struck two crossbars in a row that nearly rebounded off her.

The Brew Crew played a smart passing game, with great control from centre midfielder Tina Garrison, who scored the final goal from a throw-in just outside the 18-yard box.

In the second half, Centerline’s Anna Clarke blasted a shot just over the hands of Hamer to pull within two. Amy Markin, Robin Penner and Stacey Copeland shut down the Centerline Attack on the back end.

Clarke netted the other Attack goal, while terrific showings were turned in by Tammy L’Heureux, Lisa Ternowski and Lisa Wright. The Centreline goalkeeping was shared by Kris Ponto and Stephanie Paull.

Sunterra Custom Homes Sista’s and North Okanagan United drew 3-3 at Marshall #4.

The Sista’s first goal came from Jennie Currie on a pass up the middle from Marisa Wiebe. The second goal was the result of some great passing between forwards Currie and Andrea Zubot, who relayed to Sharina Zantingh for the goal.

The third goal went to Zubot off a beauty shot from 20 yards out, sailing it just under the crossbar.

Newbie Amanda Gaythorpe played great up front for Sista’s. Keeper Suzyn August was fearless in making some great saves. Her best was a fingertip deflection of a dangerous shot that she managed to push just over the crossbar.

Down 3-0, NOU rallied by using zig-zag passing to work the ball out to their wings. Edeen Ramsey, Sarah Kwantes and Jenilee Vellacott scored for United.

NOU got awesome play by Kailee Barss controlling the middle defence, while Sandy Thiessen, Leslie Arkell and Vellacott commanded the midfield.

Chick Kickers OMG scored three quick goals and held on for a 4-3 win over Randy Rockets on Marshall #3.

Jenelle Woods and Cara Main combined on the right side for the first goal. Jen Garnett, showing great control in the middle, added a deuce, and versatile Bobbi Catt buried a low shot off a great corner from Monica Holubowski for the final Chick Kicker tally.

Chick Kickers had superb defence from Brenda Streichert, Bobbi Knopf, Nadine Krywonos and Erica August. Wendy Nadeau was solid in net.

n Denis Chabot pulled the hat trick as Kal Tire shelled host Winfield 5-0 in men’s 50+ league play Thursday night at Beasley Park.

Elder statesman Tony Cheshire scored his first goal of the season on a left-footer from in tight to earn the Newcastle Fish & Chips Man of the Match. He also ran miles down the wing.

Jenne Huberts completed the offence for the 11-5-1 Tiremen, who had Geoff Bradbury in net.

The Silver Stars booted the Kelowna #1 Kickers 5-2 with a well-balanced effort at Marshall #3, where the grass was about seven inches long.

Rob Ross, Eastside Mario’s Man of the Match, led the 6-7-4 Stars with two goals, while singles came from Don Eyers, John Matejicka and Jiri Kudrna.

Allen Bensmiller shook the dust and cobwebs out of his keeper gloves and stood in for absent Ray Tims.