Kal Tire FC finished a tough Kelowna Tree Brewing Men’s 35+ Soccer League season with a 3-0 playoff loss to host Penticton Pinnacles Thursday at Kings Park.
Penticton got a quick goal on a misplayed ball by Damian Adams, who tried to poke it back to keeper Mark Zaino but actually pushed it past him.
A while later, things really went sideways for Vernon when a 50-50 ball by the Pinnacles keeper and Chris Ovens ended with Ovens collecting a red card on the challenge after the referee changed his mind from the initial yellow.
Down a player, Penticton moved the ball well, and just before half, got their second on a 25-yard corker.
In the second half, Kal Tire pressed hard and had numerous chances despite being short a player. Ryan Sharp put one off the cross bar, Jason Beck had two great chances and Jesse Knight had a couple of hits, but the ice could not be cracked.
Penticton got a late goal on a tired Kal tire back line. Zaino recorded quite a few great saves to keep the team strong and take the Longhorn Man of the Match.
The Pinnacles finished second in the seven-team circuit at 10-5-3, while Kal Tire was last at 3-12-3.
Meanwhile, Kal Tire ambushed Kelowna Vintage 9-1 in men’s 55+ league consolation playoff action Thursday night at MacDonald Park.
Rob Hulstein, Chris Odermatt and Kevin Mitchell each bagged deuces for Vernon, singles going to Dan Rogers, on a gorgeous header after a Jim Sparrow corner, Denis Chabot and Jenne Huberts.
Nigel Whittaker spoiled Terry Lowe’s shutout bid midway through the final half. Odermatt took the Cherryville Farmers Market Man of the Match.
The Vernon Silver Stars bowed 4-2 to Penticton (penalty kicks) in championship side playoff action at Beasley Park in Lake Country.
Steve McCourt and Brian Eso scored in regulation for the Stars, who led 2-0 at the half.
Tony Munoz produced the Penticton goals, the first on a header and the equalizer on a breakaway.
Peter Toth, Peter Ruocco and Rob Kroeker converted penalty kicks for Penticton, while the Stars missed on their two attempts.
Fritz Berenyi and Jim Kruiper each delivered two goals as league champion North Country Kickers ambushed Beasley FC 6-0 at Rutland Sports Field.
Steve Frost and Matt Cherrille also scored for the Kickers, who had Pat Arnieri in goal.
In a women’s Masters league make-up game, the Controllers shaded Rosters 2-1 at MacDonald Park.
Jacquie Nuyens opened the scoring for the Controllers with about five minutes left in the first half off a pass across the top of the 18 from Tara Murray.
Amy Shupe supplied the winner early in the second half on a short pass across the six-yard box from Angela Durfeld.
Rosters responded with a goal from a breakaway by Renee Cooke midway through the second half with Karinda McGraw assisting.
The Controllers were kept busy the remainder of the game protecting their lead. Michelle Embleton was outstanding in net, while Christyna Whieldon, Michele Wernicke, Karen Zupp, and Emma Louie were strong defensively.
Jody Peshko, Murray, and Durfeld carried the ball up the middle to create scoring opportunities for fastbreakers Wanda Vanderveen and Jessie Bicknell.
Bicknell was named most sportsmanlike player for the Controllers, while Michelle Connolly took similar honours for Rosters.