Morning Star Staff
Vernon Kal Tire held off the stubborn Salmon Arm Beer Badgers 2-1 in Kelowna Men’s 35+ Soccer League play Monday night at Marshall Field #4.
The Badgers (1-5) came out and applied steady pressure on the Tiremen (5-1-1), who opened the offence at 23 minutes when Jesse Knight broke down the right side and found Tyler Johnson streaking to the middle. Johnson hit a one-timer giving Salmon Arm keeper Brad (Coolio) Young no chance.
Play went back and forth the rest of the half with no further scoring.
In the second half, the Beer Badgers struck midway through with a blistering 25-yarder.
Kal Tire stopper Ryan Sharp got a ball about 22 yards out and placed a great shot over Young’s reach at 80 minutes, for the winner.
Meanwhile, Big O Tire-Turn-Key Ogopogos got back to .500 with a 5-3 win over Pushor Mitchell at Rutland Sports Fields.
The win was costly as the Ogopogos lost star striker Roland Riedstra with a collapsed lung after he scored and then collided with a defender early in the first half. Riedstra will be sidelined for at least six weeks.
It was an early blitz of rushes and goals for the Ogopogos (3-3) as Parm Kler scored after receiving an awesome pass from rookie Duane Dennis, who deked keeper Chris Turbitt out of position and found the open net. Riedstra made it 2-0.
Just before half-time, Pushor Mitchell was awarded a penalty kick after a foul inside the 18, and converted.
Seconds later, striker Mark Wasylyk made a nifty move around Turbitt and gave Big O a 3-1 lead at the break.
Dennis, who recorded 136 snipes in seven years of pro hockey in Germany, where he studied soccer on the side, made it 4-1 early in the second half, pocketing his fifth goal in two games.
Terry Petersen completed the scoring with a nice header off a corner from Henry Czerwonka, returning after missing a few games from a painful tax season.
Pushor (2-4) replied with two late goals. Ruben Cerventez was marvellous at center half to take the Taco Bell Man of the Match. Keeper Paul Hunter was solid and took honourable mention.
Vernon Liquor Store Stars vaulted into third place by grounding Cantinas 3-1 in Rutland.
Art Renaud jumpstarted Vernon on a first-half breakaway. Cantinas levelled things early in the second before Rick Danlyuk one-timed a volley, from six yards, the assist going to Andy Whiston.
John Matejicka added insurance on a counterattack for the 4-1-1 Stars.
Midfielder Paul McArdle, who turned heads with a dazzling table dance at the long weekend tournament, earned On The Roxx Man of the Match.
Vernon Bosman Accounting, with an influx of newbies, surprised RPM Automotive 4-3 at Parkinson #8 Field.
RPM controlled most of the first-half play, but fell behind 3-0 as Henk Bosman, on a penalty kick, Kerry Correia, on a stellar run after a feed from Rolf Hirschkorn, and Ian Murphy, with superb finish on a pass from Remco Wijnhorst, supplied goals.
Dave Newman, with a deuce, and Doug Roth, replied in the first 27 minutes of the second half as RPM took advantage of the wind.
Bosman only had a couple of chances in the final half and winger Dan Pawsey went hard to the net and one-touched in a gorgeous cross from the right flank by Bosman, for the winner, in the 83rd minute.
Bosman keeper Yogi Kongsdorf – the Safeway Man of the Match – registered back-to-back all-planet saves from in tight, in the final minutes. Both teams are 2-4.
First-place Penticton United clipped Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels 2-1 at Marshall #1.
Mike Beliveau put United (6-0) ahead at 15 minutes, going around Ron Krause as the Camel blew his hamstring.
The Humpbacks (2-3-1) equalized late in the half when Paul Morgan’s high free kick deflected off the Penticton wall. The kick was awarded when Steve Milne was ambushed just outside the 18.
Steve Grant beat a couple of defenders and buried a corker, top left corner, for the winner, at 60 minutes, past Camel keeper Dave Dutcher.
Al Gee of the Camels missed half an open net with seconds remaining.
In other games, it was: North Country Kickers 12 Rutland Spirit 0; Rented Mules 2 Brandt’s Creek 1; Brown Benefits 7 Lake Country 0.