Cassandra Otto scored with a minute to play as the Sunterra Custom Homes Sistas brushed back the Green Rockets 4-3 Thursday night at Marshall Field #2.
Sarah Ehman took a quick throw-in to Nicole Williams, who passed to Otto, who nailed a low, hard shot into the corner, helping the Sistas improve to 9-1-1 in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Division 2 play. The Rockets dropped to 6-5-1.
Sistas’ keeper Suzyn August stopped a Green Rocket breakaway in the 10th minute and then quickly started a play up field to find Kim Sylvester, who crossed to the mother-daughter tandem of Lelsey and Nicole Williams. Mom Lesley played decoy while daughter Nicole tapped the ball into an empty net to start off the scoring.
The Green crew then took advantage of their consistent big boots to catch August off her line, tying it up and taking the lead on another high, hard blast for a 2-1 lead at the break.
The Rockets went up by a deuce on a 25-yard bullet. Natalie Forster (2) and Leah Willinger handled the Rockets’ offence.
Green starry keeper Rachel Cross kept her girls in the game with several clutch saves. The Sunterra crew began a comeback with 20 minutes left as Deanna Baker crossed to Sylvester, who got it right on the third try as her shot ricocheted off the crossbar and then off the keeper and off a defender. Sylvester finally used the opposite post to rebound it in to bring the orange girls to within one goal.
With six minutes left, Jen Currie crossed to Otto, who struck a beauty from a sharp angle, curling it off the post and in, levelling things at 3-3.
Amanda Gaythorpe and Tania Wirichowsky were tireless in the Sunterra midfield, while Becky Birblilis, Miranda Dalhuisen and Ehman used their smarts and speed on defence. Newbie Chrissy Kieneker sparkled for Sistas.
The OMG Chick Kickers ambushed Centreline Attack 7-2 at Marshall #4.
Celine Conley and Brenda Bertin scored for the Attack (1-8-2). The Kickers went to 6-4.
Centreline got terrific work by defender Tessa Derkson and amazing hustle on the wings by Amber Miller and Christine Beham.
“Special thanks to the referee, Bruce Townsend, for his sharp calls,” said league vice-president and Centreline veteran Kris Ponto. “He called every elbow and aggressive lean right off the bat; which led to a very friendly match with no issues.
“We really appreciate that in Division 2 where we have a mixed bag of players.”