Morning Star Staff
Vernon Kal Tire bowed 3-0 to first-place Penticton Pinnacles FC Masters in the Kelowna Men’s 35+ Soccer League semifinal Monday night under the lights at Kings Park.
The fourth-place Tiremen (11-6-1) came out strong and had a few opportunities in the first 20 minutes while holding off Penticton pressure.
Darren Nobrega, Ryan Sharp, from the back line, and Jesse Knight all just missed on glorious scoring chances.
It was scoreless at the half, but the 15-1-2 Pinnacles began pressing and converted after a couple of Kal Tire fouls led to a beautiful, curling free kick over the wall.
A few minutes later, John Duc of Kal Tire picked up his second yellow card and was subsequently red carded. Being a man short, Kal Tire was chasing the play as Penticton moved the ball well and capitalized with two more snipes.
Penticton, sparked by league-leading 29-goal man Luc Martin, will either meet Alves Brothers or Lake Country Fireball in the league final Saturday (1 p.m.) at Mission 74 Park. Vernon’s John Orton supplied 16 goals for Alves Brothers in the regular season.
Meanwhile, the Capri Insurance 45+ League regular season closed Monday night with the Leko Precast Camels grounding the Big O Tire-Turn Key Ogopogos 6-0 in a derby match at MacDonald Park.
Rob Hulstein had a career-high two-goal showing for the 14-2-4 Humpbacks, who got the winner from Rick Raber in the second minute on a nice run down the flank.
Zane Klym made it 2-0 on a scramble and Brian Williamson completed the first-half offence with a 25-yard corker off the post.
Hulstein converted a feed from Mark Gilmore, Al Murphy nodded in a pass from Dave Dawson and Hulstein finished the scoring on a bold run.
Dave Dutcher earned the shutout, diving right to stone Ruben Cervantes on a penalty kick. The injury-plagued Ogogopos placed eighth at 8-12 and draw league champion Brown Benefits in first-round playoff action Monday night.
Stars brush back Bosman 3-1
The Vernon Square Liquor Store Stars held off ever-improving Bosman Accounting 3-1 in the long grass at Marshall Field #2. The Stars face the Camels in first-round post-season play.
The Stars struck early when Andrew Whiston nodded in a cross from defender Brian Eso, who raced 35 yards down the right flank
Bosman came out determined to ruin the Liquormen’s night with an equalizer by Kerry Correia after a nifty feed by Laurent Dansereau.
Minutes later, John Burns and towering Henk Bosman knocked heads, sending Burns to hospital for several stitches. Undeterred, the valiant Liquormen pressed forth with a tap-in goal by Bill Graham after he missed from ‘gimme range’ seconds before.
Keeper Ted Lurkins continued his fine season with several big saves to keep it 2-1 at the half. Lurkins stoned Kevin Mitchell on a high toe poke into heavy wind and also blocked shots inside the 18 by Tom Ouchi and Ian Murphy.
Art Renaud added insurance with a 15-yarder that fooled Bosman brilliant Brazilian keeper Gerson Betman, who stymied Graham from two yards out in the opening minutes. Betman was the Okanagan Spring Brewery Man of the Match.
Cam Percy and Glenn Verdurmen had solid games on defence with central fullback Barry MacKay receiving the Setters Pub Man of the Match honours for keeping Henk Bosman quiet.
It was a Clash of the Titans as Browns came away 3-1 winners over Penticton at Dale Meadows Park in Summerland.
The 19-1 Browns boys showed up in force with 18 players making the trip and opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a 20-yard rocket from Lionel Hoffman which left Penticton keeper Mike Killick helpless.
Browns kept pressing and at 45 minutes, Rich Woodhouse went on a brilliant solo run, bursting through the midfield, rounding both of Penticton’s central defenders before burying the ball from six yards.
After the break, Penticton (16-4) came out determined to make a game of it and immediately capitalized on a weak back pass from the Browns midfield to make it 2-1.
The game then ebbed and flowed in each team’s favour over the next 30 minutes with Brown’s keeper Steven Heiss making a number of good saves.
Finally, at 84 minutes, Browns winger Larry Kinakin took a great feed from midfield and calmly rounded a sprawling Killick before tapping in to put the game to bed.
McAuliffe’s hat trick lifts Lake Country
Lake Country used a hat trick from tricky Bruce McAuliffe in a 6-1 win over Brandt’s Creek at Beasley Park.
McAuliffe took over the Lakers’ snipe lead from Paul Charlton, who joined Graeme Jenkins and Steve Cox with singles. Blair Gautschi spoiled Pat Arnieri’s shutout bid in the dying minutes.
The Lakers (11-8-1) finished fifth and will meet the fourth-place North Country Appraisals Kickers in the playoffs. The Kickers brushed off the Pushor Mitchell Advocates 3-1 at Parkinson #9.
North Country scored first on a lob by Steve Frost as the goalkeeper lost the ball in the sun. Pushor (4-11-5) equalized shortly after on a marvellous solo effort by Bruno Curatolo, who beat two defenders and placed a sweet shot in the corner.
The Kickers (14-5-1) picked up their game in the second half and got a header by Mike Francis after a nice corner by Floyd Ryan. Matt Cherrille sent Frost in on a breakaway and Frost connected on a firm, low shot to the corner.
The seventh-place Rutland Spirit and the Rented Mules battled to a scoreless draw at Parkinson #16. The Spirit tangle with Penticton in the opening playoff round.