Yogi Kongsdorf recorded his third straight shutout as the Big O Tire/Turn-Key Ogopogos stuffed the Rutland Spirit 2-0 Monday night at Parkinson Rec Field.
The 10-6 Ogopogos are officially for real as they contend for a top-four playoff spot in the Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League.
The Ogopogos started with a lot of contolled short passing and a few through balls to their capable forwards, Mark Wasylyk, returning from holidays, and Roland Riedstra. However, the dangerous duo kept missing on their chances.
Back to duty after a work venture in Dawson Creek, midfielder Parm Kler put an amazing spinning corner to the failing tips of the Rutland keeper’s fingers into the net. Kler also just missed the top corners on a few blasts from outside the 18.
Rutland (1-14-1) had their chances here and there but Kongsdorf, who has been taking Danish goalkeeping courses online this summer, was sharp when called upon.
The Ogopogos’ second goal came on a nice cross from Henry Czerwonka in front to a hungry Rob Ross, who nodded the ball into the corner. It was the second straight game that Ross rushed in from the back line for a goal.
Ross showed a little more jump than anyone else on both teams and took the Pizza Hut Man of the Match.
Big O goes up against the Silver Stars in a derby match Monday at Marshall #3.
Kickers gain draw with Salmon Arm
Big O moved four points up on fifth-place North Country Appraisals Kickers, who drew 2-2 with Salmon Arm McIsaac & Co. at Parkinson.
Dave Howes scored both Salmon Arm goals, catching keeper Dave Rundall wandering on his first tally and then burying a rebound of an Andrew Whiston shot off the post.
Greg Bevandick scored in each half for North Country (8-6-3), getting the equalizer with three minutes to play on a shot that keeper Ray Tims just missed. Salmon Arm is 7-7-2.
The Leko Precast Camels ambushed Bosman Accounting 6-0 at Marshall Field #3 to stay six points ahead of Big O Tire.
Budweiser Man of the Match Al Murphy pulled the early hat trick as the Humpbacks (12-4) built up a 5-0 halftime lead. Chris Reeves scored twice in the first half before being shut down by central fullback Tom Ouchi, while Zane Klym added a single.
Defenders Rob Hulstein and Bryan Williamson were monsters on the Camels’ back line. Ouchi took the Okanagan Fruit Growers Man of the Match for Bosman (4-12), who also got a stellar showing from defender Neil McPhee.
Ron Krause, a defender subbing for suspended Dave Dutcher, recorded the easy shutout. Ian Murphy of Bosman just missed finishing a clear shot from 12 yards in the dying minutes after a mid-flight collision with Hulstein.
Penticton shuts out Silver Stars
League-leading Penticton United cruised to a 5-0 win over the Silver Stars at Marshall #1. United went to 15-1, while the Stars dipped to 6-5-5.
“A rather flat and incoherent Stars team were unable to solve the workmanlike and, at times free-flowing Penticton squad, either defensively or offensively,” said Tim Penaluna of the Stars.
Penticton is two points up on second-place Kelowna Marketplace IGA with six games remaining.
Lake Country leapfrogged the Stars into sixth place by grounding the Rented Mules 3-0 at Beasley Park.
Lake Country went up 2-0 in the first 20 minutes and never looked back.
Their first goal was a great header by Bob Young, a hired gun from Kelowna’s third division.
Andrew Smith, returning from a back injury, scored the other two goals as Lake Country improved to 8-6-2. The Mules are 5-9-2.
Despite missing several key players, Kelowna Marketplace IGA stormed Pushor Mitchell Advocates 8-0 at Mission 71 Field.
Unfortunately, Pushor lost Rick Ito to a red card for denying a goal scoring chance after only 15 minutes, and from then on it was an uphill struggle for the Advocates.
Randy Bartnick, Tony Gonzales and Lionel Hoffman each bagged two goals, while Craig Bakala with a tap in, and Gord Brown with a fierce drive, added singles. Steve Heiss and Geoff Greenwell shared the shutout for the 14-1-1 IGA. The Advocates dropped to 5-9-1.
Brandt’s Creek hold off Cantinas
Brandt’s Creek ended a lengthy winless streak by holding off Cantinas 3-2 at Mission 69 Field.
Cantinas started with 10 men and fell behind early when Andy Miller converted a header. Just 10 minutes later, Vinnie Jones doubled the lead on a nice solo effort rounding the keeper.
Geoff Jones made it 3-0 just before the half.
The second half saw Cantinas dominate much of the play and Jamie Gorges, from Andy Stevenson, scored to make it 3-1.
With 10 minutes to play, Cantinas got within one on a controversial penalty call, coolly finished by Stevenson. Reduced to 10 men of their own, Brandt’s held on for the long-awaited win.
Brandt’s moved to 5-9-1, while the Cantinas went to 2-14.