Both the North Okanagan Soccer League (NOSL) heavyweights posted wins Wednesday night.
However, only the first-place Monashee Surveying FC had to really work for their three points, holding off the Auto Quest Nation of Domination 4-3 at the Salmon Arm Savings & Credit Union Sports Fields.
Second-place North Enderby Timber cruised to a 9-1 shelling of the Salmon Arm GM Outlaws at MacDonald Park, staying five points back of the Surveyors.
Striker Alberto Lopez supplied the opening two strikes for Monashee (10-1), first going post and in off a free kick near the 18. Lopez buried the 2-0 goal from the left flank. He encountered multiple scoring chances and took the Burger King Man of the Match.
Quest Auto levelled the score before the break with Isaiah Wenger giving Monashee the lead on a low drive off the left post after a run down the right wing in the 70th minute.
Albert Goldnick added insurance shortly after with a roof-daddy offering from just outside the 18. Auto Quest (3-4-1) connected with five minutes remaining.
The Timber lassoed the Outlaws despite playing with 10 men for the second game in a row.
Brent Poulsen and Joe Binns each collected hat tricks, while newbie Josh Kujat, Oben Tabe and Gabriel Price added singles. Kujat opened the scoring in the 10th minute on a partial breakaway after being sent in by Tabe.
Poulsen sent a low cross into Kujat, who fooled the keeper completely and dished it to Binns for the easy tap in to put the Timber up two. Poulsen added to late first-half tallies on a breakaway feed from a Jesse Knight quick free kick before scoring on a free kick of his own.
The NET goal of the night came from some seamless passing, starting in their own half. Brodie Couch and Poulsen completed multiple give-and-goes before Poulsen sent in Price, who beat a defender and set up Binns, who went bar down for his third of the night.
Kujat and fellow newcomer James Huntington both made big impressions. Huntington was a rock star on the back line along with Evan Frederick. Ryan Posnikoff earned the win.
Turn-Key Controls took a 1-0 forfeit over the Revelstoke Stallions. Turn-Key is 3-5, Revy 1-6.