Kal Tire reaches final

Vernon Kal Tire is through to the Kelowna Tree Brewing Men’s 35+ Soccer League championship final

Vernon Kal Tire is through to the Kelowna Tree Brewing Men’s 35+ Soccer League championship final.

The first-place Tiremen (15-3-3) used extra time to dismantle the Penticton Pinnacles 3-2 in semifinal action under the lights Thursday at Beasley Park in Lake Country.

Kal Tire will meet third-place Alves Bros. of Kelowna for the playoff title Sunday, Sept. 20 at noon (Mission Sports Field #14).

Alves Bros. (10-7-4) stopped the seventh-place Salmon Arm Beer Badgers 1-0 in the other semi at Beasley. The Badgers went 6-13-2.

Penticton (9-10-2) opened the scoring at 10 minutes when midfielder Sam Wingham hit a free kick hard and low around the wall, finding the bottom corner behind keeper Iain Butler.

Play then went back and forth until the half.

Kal Tire came out strong in the final 45, showing the form that earned them first place. Near the 60th minute, Ryan Sharp stepped up from stopper to take a feed from Damian Adams and hit a corker that found top cheddar to level the score.

Kal Tire controlled the rest of the half but could not finish which led to extra minutes.

About five minutes into extra time, former Edmonton Oiler farmhand Duane Dennis, fresh off his stellar performance at the over 45 level, found Jesse Knight, who calmly beat the keeper with a low shot.

Knight finished the regular season with a team-high 16 goals and added another 31 in Division 3A with first-place Discovery Glass/Topline Selection.

Penticton tied it with a minute to go in the first extra time half on a corner with a header that just went over Butler’s hand.

In the second half of extra time, Kal Tire earned an early corner and Jeff Nice modified play 1516 to find the head of Glenn Allan, who redirected the ball in for the winner.

Vernon held on for the remaining minutes. Allan was second in team scoring with 10 in the regular campaign.

 

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