Morning Star Staff
Despite having home-field advantage at Marshall #2, Kal Tire blew a 4-0 lead and settled for a 4-4 draw with Lake Country in Kelowna Men’s 35+ Soccer League action Monday night.
Kal Tire (9-5-1) went up 2-0 in the first half with Jesse Knight jumpstarting the attack on a steal off an errant Lake Country pass. Kriss Yargeau then scored on a cross by Rodney Goodchild.
The Tiremen came out strong in the second half as Goodchild headed in a Graeme Magee cross to the back post. Kal Tire’s final goal came when returning veteran midfielder Ryan Leibel hit a low shot on a feed from John Duc.
After that Kal Tire felt more like “the Vancouver Canucks” (in the words of coach Kai Tolpinrud) as everything went south.
Lake Country forward James Cobal broke in to start their scoring. Cobal got the second goal on a penalty kick after keeper Chris Bader collided with a Laker on what appeared to be a 50-50 ball.
A few minutes later, off a Lake Country corner, Kal Tire failed to clear the ball and the Lakers’ stopper pushed up to finish with the goal. The Lakers (9-5-1) levelled the score in the final minutes with a great 25-yard running shot that Bader had no chance on.
Kal Tire has a week off with the B.C. long weekend and then travel to Rutland to play Enco Flooring on Monday, Aug. 12.