Morning Star Staff
Jesse Knight was clutch with a team-high 16 goals for Vernon Kal Tire last year in the Kelowna Tree Brewing Men’s Soccer League.
The crafty striker is on pace for more snipes this year and bagged a deuce Thursday night as the Tiremen grounded Company FC of Kelowna 3-1 at Mission 13 Sportsfield.
Glenn Allan broke through and hit a great shot just inside the post at 10 minutes to start the Vernon drive.
A couple minutes later, Knight found his scoring touch with a header off a low cross from Michael Arding.
Knight got his second a few minutes later when a head flick on found his foot for an easy chip-in.
In the second half, newbie Andy Collins won a foot race to a long ball and nailed a ice screamer which gave the keeper no time to move.
Company FC came back on a bad clear from the back end and found the Kal Tire net.
With eight minutes to go, Geoff Straight got his second goal of the year nailing a great shot top cheddar.
Kal Tire (1-2) hosts the Mission Cleaners Thursday at MacDonald Park.
Meanwhile, Kal Tire ambushed Kelowna Vintage 4-0 in 55+ play Thursday night at MacDonald Park.
Denis Chabot converted a nice feed from Jim Sparrow in the fifth minute on a night where a couple of short rainstorms struck.
Rob Hulstein, who was a force in the middle, made it 2-0 on a great cross from Jenne Huberts, who recently attended soccer camp in Holland.
Terry Lowe made it 3-0 with a sweet low shot after a pass from the right flank by Hulstein. Defender Roger Irving connected on a Gary Dill feed for the fourth goal. Pete (The) Heat Richter earned the easy clean sheet.
Tony Cheshire may be 60-something but he showed cat-like moves on the wing to earn the On The Roxx Show Lounge Man of the Match for the Tiremen (1-0-1).
Rob Parkin and Kevin Mitchell, both on injured reserve, posted the coaching win with authority while under an umbrella. Ron Cromar and Jim Denton split Kelowna goalkeeping duties.
Rookie Mark Wasylyk, John Matjicka and Steve McCourt each supplied deuces as the Silver Stars iced the 10-man Summerland Rockets 6-2 at Mission 10 Sportsfield.
The Stars (1-0-1) led 1-0 at the half.
Penticton TC Auto brushed back the visiting North Country Kickers 3-1 at Kings Park.
A corner kick by Peter Toth ended in the net for Penticton’s first goal. Tony Munoz converted twice with 15 minutes to go.
Kelowna dominated the final minutes, but couldn’t beat an outstanding Norman Peters in net until Fritz Berenyi scored in the last minute.
Eight-man Kelowna #1 showed a full Brandt’s Creek squad a thing or two about playing short- handed securing an improbable 1-1 tie at Rutland Park.
Despite sustained and obvious pressure, Kelowna were well organized and refused to lay down. If that wasn’t enough, they went ahead off of a breakaway Walter Morlj.
Brandt’s finally knotted the score on a goal by Fred Van der Gaag.
Acrobatic Chris Turbitt in the Kelowna net had a career night, saving at least half a dozen sure goal-bound efforts.