The red-hot Okanagan Impact moved into a share of third place with a 2-1 victory over the Vernon Liquor Store North Okanagan United Tuesday night at Marshall Field #2.
Jodi Hawthorne and Shelinda Morin scored for the Impact, who went to 7-3-1, tied with the Vernon Controllers in the Masters Division of the North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association.
Kate Colbeck and Kris Ponto split the goalkeeping and were sharp for the Impact, while Sue Herring provided wonderful work in the midfield.
It was a a very tight and tough match game for the full 90 minutes with 4-6-1 NOU, playing their finest soccer of the season, taking the lead when Mel Jacobs buried her own rebound in front.
Hawthorne tied the game 1-1 with 14 minutes left and the Impact kept on pressing and went ahead 2-1 after a great corner by Morin parachuted into the six-yard box, took a couple of bounces off defenders and slid past the keeper.
“I was impressed with the team’s rally in the second half considering we only had one sub,” said Impact coach Mike Sandstra, whose club has won their last six games.
After struggling all season with a lack of players, the Goplen Drillers finally fielded a whole lineup with subs and battled the second-place Chick Kickers to a 4-4 draw at Marshall Field #1.
The Kickers opened the scoring in the second minute when Jenny Garnett converted after a couple of one-touch passes from Crystal Bergman and Jen Sorochuck. Bergman then erupted for two straight goals.
The Drillers’ finest forward, Lena Urquhart, then connected on a header off a corner by Felicia O’Gorman. Tina Garrison of the Drillers then intercepted a pass and placed a hard shot from outside the 18-yard box.
Urquhart scored her second goal of the night on a penalty shot and the Drillers went up 4-3 on another penalty kick by Felicia O’Gorman.
Sorochuck, with just minutes left, headed in a dish by Bergman for the equalizer.
Heeson Domay, playing outside her domain at wing, showed great ball-settling skills along with her relentless hustle for the 8-2-1 Kickers, while Tania Sladen and Corrie Bauml were tireless forces.
Bonnie Mann and Wendy Martens responded well as utility gems for the Kickers, playing a multitude of positions with great confidence,, while Bridgette Grant floated under the radar covering vast amounts of the field, leaving the opposition in check while proving an offensive threat.
Super 8 league recruit Barb Schulz was a solid defender for the 2-5-3 Drillers until going down with an ankle injury. Exceptional play and vocal leadership on the back line was provided by Velvet Beaumont. Speedy defender Karen Zupp, as instructed by the coach, stuck so close to her check she knew her Victoria’s Secret sizes by the end of the game.
Renee Cooke and Becky McLennan each scored twice as Monashee’s Pub shut down Season’s Okanagan Sistas 4-0 at Marshall #5.
Gennie-Mae Daines recorded the shutout for Monashee’s (3-6-2) The Sistas dipped to 0-9-1.
The Vernon Controllers fell 5-0 to the undefeated Setter’s Pub in Salmon Arm.
Everything went right for the home team on the rainy night. Three balls went in just under the crossbar and a fourth off the fingertips of keeper Corinne McWhinney to finish the first half. Setter’s (8-0-3) added one more in the second half on a 30-yard blast just inside the post.
Playing in only her second game of the season McWhinney, usually a forward, was asked to play goal as the 7-1-3 Controllers could only field 11 players.
Tireless Ang Durfeld shone in the midfield and forwards Jacquie Nuyens and Deana Baker were dangerous when they had the ball.
In Competitive Division play, the Little Tex Outlaws grounded the North Enderby Timber 6-1 at Marshall #4.
Christine Fraser scored a deuce for the Outlaws (5-3-1), while singles were supplied by Jenn Kemper, Monica Neilson, Lori Phillips and Kate Welch.
Gineil Ferrier was outstanding in net for Little Tex, while Jordan Mercer had a strong game and Welch was a force on defence. Lori Phillip was stellar in the middle, setting up numerous plays and scoring opportunities. NET dropped to 1-8.