Morning Star Staff
Affectionately known as Yogi, smiling Danish bear Jorgen Kongsdorf was at his acrobatic finest Monday night at choppy Marshall Field #3.
Kongsdorf earned the Schneider’s Meats Man of the Match as Big O Tire/Turn Key Ogopogos grounded the Rented Mules 3-1 in Capri Insurance Okanagan Men’s 45+ Soccer League play.
Kongsdorf saved Big O’s bacon a few times early on three clear breakaways from the rushing Rented Mule forwards. The Mules scored midway through the half with the Ogopogos equalizing just before the break when Roland Riedstra broke through after a great kick from Kongsdorf, and converted nicely.
In the second half, Mark Wasylyk broke in and connected for his first two goals of the season after having offside problems in the first three games. He had an easy chance for the hat trick but dealt off to Riedstra, who was standing offside.
Props for the 2-2 Tiremen go to Brad Conlin, Henry Czerwonka and Ruben Cerventez for marvellous midfield play.
The Ogopogos lost newbie Darrin Collie for six weeks after he cracked his pelvis in a heavy collision with a Mule.
The Silver Stars went to 4-0 by shutting down Cantinas at Marshall #3.
Gary Saunders opened up the scoring with a tap in at the far post after a build up that started deep in the Silver Star back line.
Bluenose Paul McArdle supplied the insurance goal midway through the second half after a dazzling run down the wing by Saunders. McArdle’s goal was a thing of beauty after he one touched and hit a half-volley bulging the back of the net.
Cantinas almost scored late after keeper Ted Lurkins played the ball like Flipper before a majestic recovery to preserve his first shutout of the season.
Brown Benefits (formerly Rusty’s and IGA) cruised to a comfortable 6-0 win over Bosman Accounting at Parkinson #9.
Bosman, with one sub, defended bravely throughout the first half with Craig Bakala getting the Brown Benefits’ only goal.
The heat and the constant attacking from Brown Benefits began to tell and Don Brown (2), Max Hoogveld (2) and Larry Kinakin buried beauties in the second half.
Henk Bosman worked tirelessly in the centre of the park but he couldn’t crack the Brown Benefits defence with keeper Steve Heiss recording his third shutout of the season.
In other action, North Country Appraisals Kickers shaded Lake Country 2-1 at Parkinson #8 on goals from Will Kruiper and Steve Frost. Ian Smith replied on a penalty kick for Lake Country.
Claudio Dibiase bagged two goals as the Rutland Spirit toppled the Pushor Mitchell Advocates 5-3 at Parkinson #16.
In Kelowna Men’s #35 Soccer League play, Penticton brushed back Vernon Kal Tire 4-1.
Penticton jumped to a 2-0 start before Brian Schenker showed great form with his trademark run and slipped one past the Penticton keeper.
Two of Penticton’s goals were on penalty kicks. Kal Tire got strong play by Ian Butler.
The Chick Kickers blanked Shuswap Merlot 3-0 in Master women’s play Sunday night.
With regular stopper Wendy Martens missing, Colline Johnson stepped in and controlled the middle of the field all night, feeding great passes to speedy Kickers’ forwards Jenny Garnett and Jen Sorochuk, both missing glorious early chances.
It was the midfield who took control in the second half with Mighty Mouse Kelly Challen doing it all herself up the left wing, cutting to the net and firing a low hard shot passed the Merlot keeper.
Colline Johnson put a masterful through ball to centre mid Michelle Johnson, who wasted no time burying her shot. Michelle completed the scoring with another great effort. Trish Cox kept the Merlot defence looking backwards all night as she blew by several defenders and created many chances.
Shauna Duncan and Cox were fierce in net.