Morning Star Staff
Seems buying orange socks to go with their new orange, black and white jerseys was a smart move for Vernon Kal Tire.
The Tiremen have gone undefeated since adding the orange footy covers to their kit and shut down the Salmon Arm Badgers 4-0 Thursday night at Salmon Arm Savings & Credit Union Sports Centre.
Kal Tire, who won the league playoff title last year, improved to 8-5, good for fourth place in the eight-team Kelowna Tree Brewing Men’s 35+ Soccer League. The Badgers dropped to 6-7.
Jesse Knight picked up the hat trick, getting his first on a header off a Michael Arding corner.
Kevin Lynes got the second goal when he went around two defenders and buried the shot.
Knight picked up his second when Ryan Sharp sent him down the sideline and Knight cut to the net and blasted a corker by Brad (Coolio) Young.
In the second half, Salmon Arm pressed for the first 25 minutes but Kal Tire keeper Mark Zaino was up for the challenge with a couple great plays to keep the shutout.
Knight ended the scoring as he broke free around the defence and finished with another great hit.
Kal Tire takes on first-place Penticton Masters next Thursday at Rutland Sportsfield #3 (6:30).
Penticton lost 3-0 to Lake Country Tree Brewing Thursday night. In other games, Ales Bros. clipped Mission Cleaners 2-1 and Executive Flooring/Enco stayed in third spot by grounding last-place Company FC 3-1.
Peters Tirecraft edged the Salmon Arm Outlaws 2-1 in North Okanagan Soccer League play Wednesday night in Salmon Arm.
Andy Collins, a world-class Ultimate player, scored both goals for Tirecraft (3-7-1). Clark Richardson was a force at central mid and defence to take the Red Robin Man of the Match. The Outlaws fell to 0-9-2.
Richardson set up Collins for a gorgeous opening strike top cheddar, making it 1-1 before the half.
The Revelstoke Stallions shaded Monashee Surveying FC 3-2, while Turn-Key Controls won 1-0 by default over Salmon Arm Courvas.
In Okanagan men’s 55+ play, Kelowna Vintage won their first of the season, 1-0 over Vernon Silver Stars at Misson Sportsfields #10, scoring on their only shot of the game.
Vintage is 1-11-1, the Stars 6-5-2.
Undefeated West Kelowna ambushed injury-riddled Vernon Kal Tire 8-1 at Marshall Field #2.
Jindro Vilimek supplied three goals for 13-0 West Kelowna, while Chris Butlin added a deuce and singles came from Gord Brown, Ben Vos and Marty Vincze, who played net the first half before giving the gloves to Darryl Hazel.
Denis Chabot replied for 5-6-2 Kal Tire, who trailed 5-0 at the break.
Ron Gebelhei and Peter Toth scored as Penticton TC United bounced Brandt’s Creek 2-1. Andy Miller countered for Brandt’s (5-5-3.)Penticton went to 7-5-2.
Fritz Berenyi and Matt Cherrille each fired three goals as the North Country Appraisals Kickers smothered Summerland 8-0.
Jim Kruiper and Charlie Dagleish also tallied for the Kickers (10-3). Summerland dipped to 2-10-1.
In Division 2 women’s play, Sir Winston’s Attack enjoyed a decisive 3-1 victory over Courtesy Motors Sistas Thursday night at Marshall.
Keeper Celine Conly earned a shutout in the first half and Azra Cawley played an exceptional first half on defence and an equally impressive one in goal for the second.
Striker Brandi Wejr used tenacity and speed to score all three goals, taking advantage of beautiful long balls from hard-working midfielders Monika Speitelsbach and Becky McLennan.
Most Sportsmanlike Player was clearly Shawna Boyd for her tough, fair and friendly play.
Kim Sylvester replied for the Sistas on a sweet cross to tie the game at 1-1.
A great effort was put forward by the entire Sistas as they pushed everything hard to the oustides.
Sylvester who filled in at multiple positions, took Lady of the Match for Courtesy Motors.
Special mention goes to Chett Fitchett for being the official team handyman and taking on the job of repairing flags for the remainder of the season.
The hot pink-jerseyed Collaborate Wellness showed major improvement by earning a 3-3 tie with Do-Itt Drywall, who won big time last time the teams met.
Wellness Goals came from attacking forward Carli Berry, Lauren Wishart, who waltzed in from center defence and gently placed it high right, and Tierney Barker (credited for an own goal).
Lady of the Match honours went to Wishart, whose positive go-get-it attitude sparks Collaborate (1-7-1)
Alana McColm faced multiple hard shots and even recorded some impressive one-handed saves for the first-half clean sheet.
Waverly Vanderveen was a rock star in net in the final 45, one day after her 19th birthday.
Sarah Beetschen hustled on the forward line all night, while Alysha Michaylseon was also on par with hustle and spirit on outside midfield.