The Vernon Chick Kickers and TED United battled to a 3-3 draw in a North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Masters Division showdown Tuesday night in Salmon Arm.
Crystal Bergman opened the scoring on a scramble inside the 18, going top left corner. The 10-1-1 Chicks’ second goal came late in the first half after Jen Sorochuck converted a Bergman pass leaving the keeper diving for the ball on the ground.
Going into the second half tied 2-2, United took the early lead, but the relentless Chicks never stopped working, and with 10 minutes left, Colline Johnson took a corner with great pace which deflected off a defender for the equalizer.
Despite losing Charlene Johnson and Bonnie Mann to first-half injuries, the Kickers showed resiliency and a high skill level with only one sub the rest of the way. The Kickers got great contributions from their two Eveready bunnies, Kelly Challen and Wendy Martens, who weren’t born with STOP signs.
In other Masters play, third-place Longhorn Impact brushed back Salmon Arm Setters Pub 4-3 at Marshall Field #1.
Kim Wiebe scored in the fifth minute by chipping a volley shot over the keeper’s head, off a cross from the midfield. The second Longhorn goal came 10 minutes later when Suzie Andrews moved up from the defence, had a shot bounce right back at her so she passed to Myra McEwan at the top of the 18, and she buried it high.
Edeen Ramsey headed in a beautiful corner by McEwan to make it 3-0 Impact at the half.
Setters (3-7-1) countered with three goals in 10 minutes to level the score early in the second half. The Impact regained their focus and McEwan fired the winner with 10 minutes left on a blast which sailed through the keeper’s hands.
The Dairy Queen Lady of the Match for the Impact (8-1-2) was keeper Derri Ann Cooper.
The Vernon Controllers moved past idle NOU into fourth spot by grounding Goplen Drillers 5-1 at Marshall #3.
It was 2-0 Controllers at the break with Jenny Currie sending a low shot to the left corner on a penalty kick midway in the 20th minute. Sherri Kineshanko’s clever pass off a Michelle Mercer feed found Krista Backer who left footed a shot over the Drillers’ keeper and under the crossbar.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Currie went roof daddy after a pass from hard-working Sue Ghattas. A minute later, Drillers striker Claudia Cull outraced keeper Leslie Epp to the ball and buried it to give the 2-9-1 Drillers hope. Jodi Peshko drew the assist. Cull, playing in her second soccer game, used a dynamic deke for her first career snipe.
The Controllers answered back as Jacquie Nuyens had a great chance, Kineshanko put one off the post and Michele Wernicke put a laser just over the bar from 25 yards out.
With 10 minutes to go, defender Jody Pope and Nuyens set up Jenn Spitzer, who put a corker under the bar. Kineshanko then recorded her third assist as she dropped it back to Backer, who walked in to an 18-yarder with the keeper having no chance.
The Drillers had no answer for the tandem of Kineshanko and Baker, while the back line of Val Percy, Pope and Currie shut down their attack. Sena Bishop and Wernicke were dominate all night.
Kate Ball, moving from defender to forward, also had several chances up front, demonstrating her skill. Amber Tew returned from injury, and played excellent defence.
The Drillers welcomed newbies Caylee Secretan, Debbie Lausman and Vendela Wasylyk with all three ladiesenjoying solid two-way showings in the midfield.
The Shuswap Merlot held off the visiting Season’s Sista’s 1-0 in other Masters action.
Coach Kerry Zubot said the Sista’s gave it all they had, doing a lot of things right while just missing on their opportunities.
“New this year to goalkeeping is Susan August who put in her best performance this year, challenging every threat that came her way, making toe-kick saves, and cutting down all the angles and kicking bombs down the field,” said Zubot. “She was definitely our (Total Tire) Lady of the Match.”
The sixth-placed Merlot improved to 5-4-2, while the Sista’s dipped to 0-11-1.
Andi King pulled the hat trick as Dr. Lee’s Dental Clinic brushed back Little Tex Outlaws 5-3 in the game of the year for Division 1 at Marshall #4.
Playing against a strong wind, King opened the scoring at 15 minutes when she was sent in alone by Toni Bensmiller. King then set up Maddie Kaneda to make it 2-0, only to have Little Tex tie it 2-2 before the half on goals by Kira Lee and Monica Neilson.
With the wind behind their backs, the Floss Crew came out and scored two goals, King off a Irene Arrotta corner kick, and Leah Frye tapping in a rebound from Kaneda and Ally Dodds.
The Outlaws came back to make it 4-3 off a gorgeous three-way passing play with Neilson setting up Lee, who blasted a 30-yarder top right corner past Irene Arrotta with six minutes left.
Dr. Lee reponded on a three-way passing play of their own: Dodds to Frye who found King for the hat trick on the breakaway.
Arrotta made several key saves early in the second half, and Kirsten Dodds, Loren Brunelle, Dana Reid and Cindy Worth had solid games on the 10-0-1 Dr. Lee defence.
The Outlaws (3-6-1) got strong games from Eileen Fox in net and Neilson and Lee up front with several great runs, shots and passes.
Defenders Kelsey Krahn and Stacey Cover also sparkled.
Glenn Power of Salmon Arm stopped the North Enderby Timber Celtics 3-1 at Marshall #5.
The Celtics scored first with some great build up through the midfield connecting several passes to find a streaking Jackie Morneau, who wired a shot off the keeper.
Glenn Power (3-4-3) replied very quickly catching the NET defence still in celebration mode. NET keeper Charmaine Biagioni then made a great save on a penalty shot, but the rebound was hammered home.
Glenn Power took advantage of the highly offensive-minded Celtics (4-3-3) to score on a quick counterattack.