The regular goalie was late to the game.
In stepped Rick Raber.
The veteran Okanagan Spring Camels player filled in for the tardy Ron Krause and made the save of the match, helping the humpbacks down the visiting Kelowna Cantinas 4-0 in Capri Insurance Okanagan Men’s 45+ Soccer League play Monday at Marshall Field.
Raber made a sensational diving stop on a Cantinas’ three-on-one break to earn the Scotty Downrigger Man of the Match.
Krause, who arrived 15 minutes after the start, did not have to make a save the entire match.
Raber’s stop helped keep the game scoreless until the second half, when the Camels (9-5-2) erupted for their four goals.
Iain Butler got the winner 10 minutes after the re-start, ripping a shot from 30 yards out.
Mark Budgen made it 2-0 when a Marty Steele shot was partially blocked and the ball bounded out to Budgen at the top of the 18-yard-box, where he drilled it past the Cantinas keeper.
Johnny Orton – who hit the crossbar on a first-half penalty shot – made it 3-0 Camels after a great pass from Darren (Happy) Hansen, and Hansen added the fourth marker, finishing off a give-and-go from Eric Ladner.
Cantinas fell to 3-8-5.
In other 45+ action, Turn-Key Controls dismantled Soccer United, scoring a 7-1 win at Marshall Field despite playing the entire match with just 10 players.
Turn-Key turned in an excellent effort with the shortage, particularly the three-man defensive line of Dan Ondzik, Steve Fitzpatrick and Rick Danyluk in front of keeper/sweeper Mike Moorlag.
Bryan Schenker scored three times and set up three goals, while Ian Bos and Mark Wasylyk each scored twice. Henry Czerwonka and Roy Hannem drew assists for Turn-Key, who improved to 6-9-0. United dropped to 3-8-4.
The Umbro player of the match for Turn-Key was Brad Conlin, who controlled the middle of the pitch all game.
Mind Smart United of Kelowna tripped up Vernon Bosman Accounting 3-1 at Parkinson Field #9 in Kelowna.
After falling behind 2-0, defender Mike Grace made a great run down the right flank after some nifty passes from Kerry Correia and Gerry Geelkerken before chipping the ball over keeper David Gadd in the 73rd minute.
Neil MacNeil fooled Bosman keeper Yogi Kongsdorf with a looping change-up from the left corner for the final snipe. United improved to 5-9-2.
Grace took the Burger King Man of the Match at central fullback for Bosman (2-10-4).
The Mission Cleaners whitewashed Brandt’s Creek Pub 7-0, and league-leading Brown Benefits doubled RPM Automotive 6-3, both games played in Kelowna.