The Silver Stars brushed back the Big O Tire Ogopogos 3-1 in an all-Vernon Okanagan Oldtimers 45+ Soccer League fixture Monday night at Marshall Field #2.
Big O (7-11-1) came out strong and controlled the ball well in the first 15 minutes with short passing and good speed up front by Mark Wasylyk and Henry Czerwonka.
Their pressure paid off in the 15th minute as they forced the 8-7-4 Stars sweeper into making a weak pass back to keeper Ted Lurkin which ended up on dangerous Rob Ross’s foot. Ross slid the gift into the empty net.
In response, at 23 minutes, Art Renaud, the Maytag Man of the match, made a beautiful chip shot pass to a wide open Rob Bauml who scored a lucky goal from 10 yards out that deflected past Yogi Kongsdorf.
The second half saw the Stars control possession when the sweeper/stopper duo of Steve Coombes and Brian Eso began to shut down Big O’s forwards.
They consistently challenged for balls, and then distributed nicely to the midfield. This began to create quality scoring chances for the Stars forwards. In the 50th minute, Renaud sent Kevin Cowley in alone and he powered a low shot through the hands of the diving Kongsdorf from 18 yards out.
The Stars kept up the pressure for most of the second half, and with five minutes to go, Renaud was sent through on a ball from Steve Fitzpatrick. With a burst of speed, he beat the last defender and rolled the ball into the right side of the net for the insurance marker.
Okanagan Spring Brewery extended their winning streak to three games by shutting down the Kelowna Cantina’s 4-0 at Marshall #1.
Spring 1516 Man of the Match Roger Irving turned back the Pub crew attacks all night while adding two assists, and Pete (The Heat) Richter earned the shutout.
Mike Lloyd opened the scoring from Chris Reeves, and then Rick Price corked a 25-yard rocket off the crossbar and in, from Ted Sheehan, to make it 2-0 at the half.
Jeff Vest nodded in a Price corner five minutes into the second half and Reeves, with his fourth goal in the last three games, completed the offence for Spring (8-10-1). The 3-13-2 Cantina’s keeper made half a dozen spectacular saves to keep the score down. The teams play a make-up game tonight at Kettle Valley Park.
Rick Raber scored twice as the Vernon Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels iced host Salmon Arm 4-2.
Raber converted a through ball by Gordie Howard to start the offence before Geoff Abbott clicked on a penalty kick for Salmon Arm, awarded when a ball stopped by Camel keeper Dave Dutcher went off defender John Gardner’s hand.
Raber made it 2-1 Humpbacks before the half on a cross by Mike Daly.
The second-place Camels (14-3-2) went in front 3-1 when Daly cracked a first-time shot low to the corner after a feed by Howard. Abbott unleashed a 25-yard free kick top shelf to pull Salmon Arm within a goal.
Ron Krause finished the scoring on a free kick, with Rob Parkin dummying the ball and Howard sliding a cheeky cross to an unmarked Krause.
The North Country Appraisals Kickers grounded Lake Country 3-0 on goals by Fritz Berenyi, Mike Francis and Randy Bohem (penalty kick).
IGA went to 18-0-1 by stopping the Pushor Mitchell Advocates 6-1.
In men’s 35+ league play, the Vernon Square Liquor Store Celtics bowed 6-1 to second-place Penticton Pinnacles FC in an intense game at Mission Sports Fields in Kelowna.
The Celtics – who started without any subs and some key players due to injuries – were able to keep up with the Pinnacles for the first 45 minutes.
Bryan Schenker opened the scoring in the 20th minute on a solo run, and shortly after nearly missed the net following a give-and-go with Kriss Yargeau.
The Celtics’ Steve Milne also came close to scoring but his goal-bound shot was miraculously saved by the Penticton keeper. The Celtics remained threatening and were unlucky with some questionable offside calls going against them.
On the other end, Celtics’ keeper Chris Bader made some fine saves, before miscommunication allowed Penticton to score the equalizer in the 45th minute.
In the second half, fatigue settled in and the Celtics where unable to keep possession. After Penticton scored twice within 30 seconds, the Celtics’ morale was broken. The Pinnacles converted three more goals before the final whistle.
Tireless Roland Riedstra and speedy Brad Schwartz both had strong games for the 7-7-2 Celtics, playing in unfamiliar positions.
Vernon Toyota jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Marty Steele and John Orton in a 2-2 draw with Kelowna Fountain Tire.
The Tiremen scored with less than a minute remaining in the first half. Iain Butler of Toyota went down to an injury early in the second half and Toyota was forced to play with 10 men for the remainder of the game.
Fountain Tire scored the equalizer with eight minutes remaining. Both teams are 7-6-3.