Morning Star Staff
The Leko Precast Camels moved back into third place by clipping Lake Country FC 2-1 in Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League action Monday night at Marshall Field #1.
Strikers Zane Klym and Gordie Howard supplied goals for the Camels, who leapfrogged the North Country Appraisals Kickers and shifted five points ahead of the Lakers.
Klym, one of the city’s finest bocce players, went top cheese from 20 yards after a feed from outside midfielder Chris Odermatt, named Wayside Press Man of the Match.
Striker Al Murphy struck the post and Howard, who enjoyed numerous breakaways and strong scoring chances, just missed padding the Humpbacks’ lead until Howard converted on a scramble in the 43rd minute.
Paul Charlton replied for Lake Country (9-5-1) in the 55th minute on a nifty give-and-go with Duane Mueller.
Big-O/Turn Key Ogopogos shut down the Rented Mules 3-0 at Mission 71 Field to give them a five-point lead on Cantinas for the eighth and final playoff berth.
After much back-and-forth play in the first half, Roland Riedstra fed a pass to a wide open Henry Czerwonka, who converted low, right corner.
Defender Rob Culos is credited with saving the shutout by clearing a certain goal off the Big O goal line late in the first half.
The second half saw plenty of chances including a header from the 7-8 Ogopogos’ Gary Dill on a pass from John Garner that just cleared the top of the bar.
Riedstra collected a free ball near the top of the 2-12-1 Mules’ box and hit a missile through the keeper to make it 2-0 in the 57th minute.
Some 15 minutes later, Parm Kler, who had just flown in from the World Masters Games in Italy, made a heads-up, long pass over the defence to Garner, who didn’t hesitate to put the game away.
Both Leo Nadeau and Volker Otto shared Old Milwaukee Man-of-the-Match honours for their firm play on the Big O back four.
Brown Benefits dug in and grounded out a 5-2 win over the Vernon Square Liquor Store Stars at Marshall #3.
Browns (15-0) started with a strong wind behind them and capitalized with three goals in the first half. Jim Kruiper hit first at 15 minutes with a crafty run into the Stars’ box where he calmly finished from a tight angle.
Brown’s starry striker Tony Gonzales added a trademark breakaway goal in the 25th minute and then the Stars gave up an own goal on a deflected Kruiper corner.
The heavens opened at 30 minutes soaking both teams within a 10-minute downpour. This made the pitch very greasy and the ball began to squirt off the turf in all directions making it hard for either team to keep possession.
Brown’s came out facing a milder wind in the second half and proceeded to dominate possession in the first 15 minutes leading to another Gonzales goal after a great driving run and feed from Lionel Hoffman.
Grant Campbell once again proved to be a curse for Stars’ keeper Ted Lurkins after chipping him from 45 yards to make it four chipped goals for Campbell against Lurkins this season.
From there, the seventh-place Stars (7-7-2) began to claw their way back into the game and Art Renaud buried a sweet free kick at 60 minutes.
A heated penalty call 10 minutes later gave Stars the opportunity to make it 5-2. Dave Howes stepped up and converted from the spot only to have it called back for a Stars player encroaching into the box before the kick. On the retake, Renaud placed the ball past keeper Steve Heiss into the far right corner to steal the glory from Howes, who had gone to the sidelines to repair a bloody nose after taking an elbow which drew the PK.
Ken Horncastle pulled the hat trick as Penticton United stopped the Kickers 5-2 at Parkinson #9.
It was 2-2 early in the second half when Penticton was awarded their first of two penalty kicks, one highly controversial since Kicker keeper David Gadd slid to make a save inside the 18.
Tony Dias and Peter Ruocco provided singles for Penticton (13-3). Greg Bevandick scored both goals for the shorthanded Kickers (10-4-1). There were six yellow cards, four to the Kickers.
Rutland RPM Automotive Spirit brushed back Cantinas 3-1 and considered filming a Tide commercial for YouTube at a swampy Kettle Valley Field.
RPM (8-5-3) opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Gord Anton fed a breakaway ball to John Phillips, who quickly slipped the ball between the keeper and the post.
Just before the half, RPM went up 2-0 as Carlos Gutierrez worked the ball up along the side and provided a well-placed skip-cross for a Doug Roth redirection goal.
As the splashing and swimming continued in the second half, Cantinas (5-10-1) reduced their deficit to one goal when Shane Casavant converted on a scramble. A short while later, John Phillips connected on a scramble for the clincher.
Brian Saunders had a hat trick as Pushor Mitchell Advocates outlasted Brandt’s Creek Pub 5-3 at Parkinson #16.
Blair Gautschi (2) and Paul Connors countered for Brandt’s (2-11-3). The Advocates are 1-10-5.
Meanwhile, Vernon Kal tire struggled after a week off losing 3-1 to Enco Flooring of Kelowna in Kelowna Men’s League 35+ play Tuesday night in Rutland.
Enco (10-6) went ahead midway through the first half before a massive hail and lightning storm struck for about 10 minutes, stopping the game.
After the break, the Tiremen (9-6-1) picked it up with Jesse Knight just missing on a couple of scoring chances. Enco then started pushing and made it 2-0 midway through the second half.
Kal Tire recovered with Geoff Straight crossing to the precious head of Kriss Yargeau, who finished nicely. Enco added the clincher with Kal Tire pressing for the equalizer.