Morning Star Staff
The host Penticton Pinnacles stopped Vernon Tolko United 4-0 in the Thompson-Okanagan Under 14 Rep Girls Soccer League playdowns at Kings Park.
Vernon opened the late Friday night match with quick offensive pressure creating several scoring chances, including a 30-yard free kick from Rane Smith that barely sailed over the crossbar.
However, Penticton found their stride and controlled much of the possession after 20 minutes of play, getting rewarded with a goal at 30 minutes.
Five minutes later, a questionable handball was called on Vernon inside the 18 and Penticton went ahead 2-0.
Vernon’s bold defence held strong with Smith, Ashlyn Montgomery, Elizabeth Hirschkorn and Kenzie Killingbeck, along with fearless defensive clearance kicks by Marika Ternan, all night.
Keeper Summer Crosby stopped nine shots, including a fantastic tip over the crossbar, to keep Vernon in the running.
Penticton sent top striker and former Vernonite Lexi Corday to exhert pressure late in the match and pushed ahead.
In U13 Girls play, Vernon fell 1-0 to Kelowna United.
“It was an outstanding game, impossible to single out any players since they all played with a lot of grit and determination,” said Vernon manager Chris Torrie.
“Unfortunately with about a minute of play to go before going to a shootout, Kelowna buried a goal that was just out of reach. It was a fantastic season. Many thanks to their coaches, Greg Routely, Barry McIntosh and Daralee Morris, for their time and commitment.”
The Vernon U12 girls, coached by Duane Dennis and Sue McKinnon, tied 2-2 with Kamloops Blaze L after falling 4-1 to Kamloops W in Kelowna.
United showed some amazing footwork down the wings. Mya Robinson sent a beautiful cross to Keira Dail for Vernon’s goal.
Jaya Chauhan, Kendall McKinnon and Ashleigh Mulholland provided excellent forward movement, creating numerous scoring opportunities.
Madison Bergman, Nadia Nelson-Shah and Mia Maltman showed solid skill and effort rotating through centre fullback.
In Game 2, Vernon took an early lead with a stellar cross from Lily Lee and a left-footed snipe from Mia Maltman. Moments later, a gorgeous corner from Mya Robinson was stuffed in by Mia Hyer.
Kamloops levelled the score on a penalty kick due to a hand ball. Kaitlyn Budgen was bold on defence, backed up by killer goalkeeping by Shaila Austin.
Jorja Catt donned the keeper jersey and the United Tolko AIL MSE Precast U12 Blues shaded Shuswap 3-2 in their Sunday opener.
Kaiden Sherwood converted in the fifth minute, while Allie Maltman and Skylee Sigurdson-Poirier were solid on defence, allowing Jordyn Kisilevich and Kendra Grant a couple of chances.
Late in the half, Kisilevich delivered a beautiful feather pass to Sherwood who nailed a one timer. Shuswap tied it early in the final half before defender Emma Glasser’s shot was bobbled, allowing Brooklyn Kineshanko to pocket the winner.
The Blues then lost 3-1 to the Kamloops Blues with Sigurdson-Poirier going top cheddar after a spectacular pass by Georgia Wenger for the Vernon goal. Jessi Cleverly and Sarah Claeys sparkled for United.
The U11 Tolko Strikers Strikers collected a win and tie in Salmon Arm, edging the Revelstoke Avalanche 2-1 before drawing 1-1 with the Kelowna Fury.
Kristen Francks of United broke the deadlock by intercepting a weak goal kick and beating the Revy keeper left side.
Revelstoke responded late in the first half before Clara Meyer supplied the winner midway through the second half after Abby Lawlor gave her a great through ball. Meyer fended off a defender and beat the keeper right side. Ashlee Befus was splendid in net, while Jessica Bond and Jordan Tung sparkled ond dfence.
In their second match, the Tolko and Fury girls had ample chances in the opening half with Vernon keeper Naomi King making several key saves in the second half to keep things even.
Francks converted early in the second half after taking a Sophia Bilodeau feed to give Vernon the lead. Kelowna got a late equalizer.
Anna Hirschkorn had a super game in the midfield while Makenna Hamilton-Jackson thwarted numerous Kelowna counterattacks.
Vernon Blasters tied Kelowna Goblins 1-1 and lost 4-1 to the Kelowna Screamers in U11 play.
Vernon defenders Caryss Hill, Amy Curtis and Macy Blades were particularly sharp in the draw. Joelle Kohtala, Paige Cover and Jordyn Clarke created scoring chances all day.
Vernon was trailing when Blasters captain Jesse Mitchell muscled a ball past the Kelowna defender for a shot on goal. The ball bounced away from the keeper and Clarke buried the rebound with 30 seconds remaining.
The Blasters were on their heels early int the loss, causing keeper Lauren Hoard to make many spectacular saves. Aimee Skinner was rock solid, making plays all over the field. Clarke beat a Kelowna defender on the outside and executed a beautiful cross to Cover for Vernon’s lone marker.