Morning Star Staff
Keep moving the ball around nicely, go to penalty kicks and hope for the best. It seemed to be a smart strategy for the Vernon Liquor Store Stars Monday night at MacDonald Park.
Until central midfielder Paul Morgan, who showed up late, found his stride. Then it was all Leko Precast Camels, who iced the Stars 4-1 in the Capri Insurance 45+ Soccer League quarterfinal.
Morgan found some open space near the top of the 18 and delivered a low shot which rolled slowly through keeper Ted Lurkins’ legs two minutes into the second half.
The Stars enjoyed an edge in possession in the opening half, getting some strong runs by Rick Danyluk, Dan Ondzik and Dave Howes.
Midfielder Brian Williamson made it 2-0 a few minutes later with a 17-yarder as he pounced on a rebound from a Zane Klym drive.
The Stars sagged a little, but gained some hope in the 64th minute when Howes banged a penalty kick past Camel keeper Dave Dutcher, who received a yellow card early in the first half for questioning the referee. The PK was awarded after midfielder Steve Milne hauled down striker Art Renaud.
Morgan was then given a free kick after Howes pulled him down just outside the 18. Morgan drilled a carbon-copy of Wayne Rooney’s Saturday bender against Man City, for insurance.
Chris Odermatt tapped in the fourth goal, after Klym whiffed on a rebound after a Milne shot.
Morgan took the Canaccord Capital Man of the Match for the third-place Humpbacks.
The Camels will meet second-place Penticton United in the semis Monday in Summerland. United beat the seventh-place Rutland Spirit 4-2.
North Country Appraisals Kickers overcame a 1-0 half-time deficit and edged Lake Country 2-1.
Paul Charlton opened the scoring for Lake Country with about four minutes to play in the first half. North Country equalized 15 minutes into the second half as Wil Kruiper got his head on a nice free kick by Floyd Ryan. Steve Frost got the winner on a long, hard drive to the corner as the Kickers finished off a magical four-way passing play.
League champion Brown Benefits shut down stubborn Big O Tire-Turn-Key Ogopogos 5-0.
The Tiremen adopted a high back line and pressed Brown’s for most of the first 15 minutes. Darryl Hazell burst through the defence on a great feed from Jim Kruiper and slotted the ball past the outstretched Yogi Kongsdorf at 25 minutes.
Lionel Hoffman, from 10 yards out, put a bullet header from a Larry Kinakin corner into the top corner of the Big O net. Five minutes later, Jim Kruiper converted after a goal-mouth scramble and at 75 minutes, Kinakin hit from 12 yards. Max Hoogveld finished the offence at 80 minutes.