Silver Stars' Art Renaud (right) and Vernon Camels' Stuart Whitling battle it out for control of the ball during 45+ men's soccer action Monday at Marshall Field #5.

Silver Stars' Art Renaud (right) and Vernon Camels' Stuart Whitling battle it out for control of the ball during 45+ men's soccer action Monday at Marshall Field #5.

Raber spectacular in return

Rick Raber scored twice as the Vernon Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels grounded the Silver Stars 3-1 in Okanagan Oldtimers 45+ Soccer League play at Marshall Field #3.

Well rested after five weeks off, Rick Raber returned to the pitch full of energy Monday night.

The slick, wily winger scored twice as the Vernon Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels grounded the Silver Stars 3-1 in Okanagan Oldtimers 45+ Soccer League play at Marshall Field #3.

The Camels improved to 10-2-2, while the Stars dipped to 6-4-4. The teams split the season series.

Raber opened the scoring in the 30th minute when his shot went through a maze of legs on a scramble after a corner by Mike Daly.

Striker Gord Howard flicked on a corner by Daly at the near post to make it 2-0 Humpbacks 15 minutes into the second half.

Raber then jumped up and neatly deflected a cross from Dave Dawson past Stars’ keeper Ted Lurkins with 10 minutes left. Rob Bauml spoiled Dave Dutcher’s shutout bid with 30 seconds remaining on a slow-moving, left-footed toe punt which Camel defender Stu Whitling almost cleared off the line.

The Big O Ogopogos earned their first-back- to-back victories of the season, stopping the Kelowna Pushor Mitchell Advocates 2-0 at Marshall #1.

Frustrating the 6-6-2 Advocate forwards all game long was a solid defensive line led by centre back Leo Nadeau, who played exceptionally well, directing Rich Zecchel, Greg Thalheimer and Kerry Zubot into a well-executed unit.

Big O keeper Yogi Kongsdorf made no mistake grabbing the odd shot and made booming kicks down the field to streaking forwards.

Big O (6-8) got stellar work from midfielder Gary Dill, who was voted Liquidation World Man of the Match.

The Tiremen scored midway through the first half when Juan O’Quinn sent a low cross from the back corner of the 18-yard box onto the foot of a wide open Brad Conlin on the top of the 18. Conlin found the top corner for one of the nicest goals of the Ogopogos’ year.

Big O made it 2-0 near the end of the first half on a a steal by John Garner off a rebound from the Pushor Mitchell keeper, who lost the ball in his feet. Garner buried it in the wide open net, looking for the police over his shoulder.

Okanagan Spring Brewery earned a 2-2 tie against Lake Country at Beasley Park.

Jeff Vest, on a penalty kick midway through the first half, opened the Spring offence. Denis Chabot made it 2-0 on a tap in after Tom Ouchi did all the work. Rick Price subbed in net for the 4-7-2 Brewers. Lake Country scored once midway through the second half and equalized with six minutes left.

First-place Kelowna IGA doubled Salmon Arm 4-2, Cantina’s edged the Rutland Spirit 3-2 and Penticton United shut out Kelowna’s North Country Appraisals Kickers 2-0.

In Okanagan men’s 35+ league action Monday night, the Vernon Square Liquor Store Celtics stormed Eco-Wise Water of Kelowna 6-1 at Marshall Field #2.

Bryan Schenker (3), Kriss Yargeau (2) and Rene Mailloux scored for the 5-5-2 Celtics.

The game started slowly and with chances being scarce during the first 30 minutes, coach Kai Tolpinreed decided to switch up some positions in the midfield.

The change immediately paid off when Graeme Magee steered a brilliant through ball to  Schenker, who made no mistake in front.

The lead forced Eco Wise to take more risks, and as the game opened up, the Celtics created several opportunities before half time.

The Celtics continued to control possession in the second half, with Ryan Leibel ruling on the midfield despite playing with an ear infection.

Eco Wise could not keep up with the tempo, and eventually Schenker and Yargeau alternated in scoring the next four goals, before defender Mailloux recorded the goal of the night with a curled free kick into the far corner. Multi-talented Mike Collins had an flawless game as stand-in goalkeeper.

Bosman Accounting beat the Kelowna Rented Mules 2-1 in the puddles at Rutland Sports Fields.

Bosman started off solid, but were forced back to their own half in the first 15 minutes of the game, but the Mules failed to convert.

The accountants dominated the rest of the half with chances on goal for midfielders Bobby Zalcik and Simon Woodward and attackers Steve Smith and Wes Vanderveen. Vanderveen hit the post on a long shot.

The accountants put in some more attacking power in the second half, which resulted in more chances, but the Mules’ defence was stellar.

Right midfielder Zalcik went on a long solo run and was taken down inside the 18 midway through the second half. Zalcik converted.

Minutes later, keeper Shawn Wiebe made a heroic charging save on a Mules’ breakaway. The Mules attacker, however, came in with two feet forward, studs to body, and was sent off with a red card.

With the one-man advantage, it seemed even harder for Bosman to create chances and the Mules netted the equalizer. In the last minute, winger Carl McLennan clicked with Vanderveen and scored the winner.

The accountants are now 4-9-0, while the Mules are 1-12-0.

Shortstaffed Vernon Toyota bowed 10-1 to Lake Country Variform in Rutland. Mark Budgen buried a bobbled ball by the Lake Country keeper for Toyota (5-6-1). Lake County went to 10-1-2.