The Chick Kickers bottled up Vernon Liquor Store VQA 4-1 in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Masters A Division action Tuesday night at Marshall Field #4.
The Chicks (2-2) started the game cautiously with many players playing out of position due to injuries and holidays. Both teams traded decent chances until Jen Kemper, from a 30-yard free kick, found the net with a sky hook over a cheating VQA keeper Sue Barss.
The goal brought the Chicks to life and minutes later, stopper Colline Johnson laid out a sweet pass to Mel Jacobs, who calmly put it far side over the scrambling Barss.
Holly Flinkman finally got her name on the sheet with a penalty shot after a VQA player pulled down Kemper in the box. Flinkman put everything she had on the shot but the keeper stoned her but bobbled the ball. It seemed like minutes went by as everyone but Flinkman stared at the loose ball and she finished with a left footer to the far corner.
VQA got one back off a gorgeous triangle play which saw Rita Tedesco feed Carla Gibson, who in turn found braided warrior Cheryl Roddis for the snipe.
Johnson then placed a marvellous corner that Jenny Garnett neatly deflected into the corner.
Johnson and sweeper Jessica Tanner played lights out all night, never really allowing anything dangerous for keeper Crystal Bergman to handle.
Barss stopped a penalty kick and numerous other serious chances to take the Mission Hill Cab Sav Lady of the Match.
The Longhorn Pub/Gray Monk Impact iced Rosters Sports Club 4-0 in B Division play at Marshall Field #5.
Kim Wiebe supplied the winner on a screamer to the top corner past Roster keeper Amanda Smiley.
Yvonne Rogers, Ashley Buechler and Suzie Andrews also connected for the Impact, who got a few clutch saves from Derri Cooper, including one off a free kick early in the second half.
In other B side play, the host Shuswap Merlot dispatched the Adventure Bay Sistas 3-1.
Andrea Zubot of Sistas sent a corner to Lesley Williams, who trapped it perfectly and then teed it up for Diane Neudorf to blast a screamer past the keeper.
Melanee Skinner, Nancy Bandy, Lynnelle Erbacker and Bobbi Catt were solid on the Adventure Bay defence, while midfielders Jessica Garro, Jodi Bremner, Tammy Buick, and Lesley Williams all sparkled both ways.
Sistas controlled much of the game with precision passing and playmaking, just missing on several chances to tie it up with breakaways and shots pinging off the post.
Merlot keeper Jan Crerar recorded several great saves. Nadine Danyluk and Debra Rosher shared keeper duties and were bold in their net debuts.
Lindsey Briggs finished six times as Peacock Sheridan Group of Kelowna ambushed the Ball Blasters 11-1 at Marshall #2.
Briggs leads the first division with 19 goals on the season.
The Ball Blasters struck first at two minutes on interm keeper Jenna Cole. Britt Nenasheff arrived at 10 minutes and took over the PSG net and was perfect the rest of the way.
Briggs then put on a scoring clinic finding the net five times over, with Cole finishing a Briggs cross all before half.
Sweeper Caitlin Schmid scored her first on the season to open the second half. Cole, Briggs and Lana Finley twice (her 13th and 14th ) rounded out the attack for the 12-0 Reds.
Play of the game was a trademark highlight reel Schmid slide tackle with minutes left stopping an in-close chance by getting all ball and sending it over the end line.