Roland Riedstra pulled the hat trick as Big O Tire/Turn Key Ogopogos shaded host Salmon Arm McIsaac & Co. 4-3 in Capri Insurance 45+ Soccer League play Monday night.
The Ogopogos took over sole possession of fifth place by racking up three quick goals under the lights. Striker Mark Wasylyk jumpstarted the offence by breaking in and deking Salmon Arm keeper Allan Bensmiller for his 12th goal of the year.
Reidstra then scored on a deflection off a Wasylyk shot, and added another on a break in, finding the corner, for his 12th of the season.
Salmon Arm replied in the second half on a beautiful well-placed kick by Dave Howes into the high corner over the outstreched arm of Ogopogo keeper Yogi Kongsdorf.
The Shuswap boys (7-11-2) made it more interesting with a quick goal on a nice cross by Wolfgang Bopp and a header by Steve Murphy.
Riedstra completed the hat trick before Salmon Arm responded on a two-man break with Bopp converting.
Second-place Kelowna Marketplace IGA stopped the stubborn Silver Stars 5-3 at Marshall Field #5.
IGA opened the scoring at 10 minutes with a crafty 15-yard chip under the cross bar from Larry Kinakin. IGA (17-2-1) furthered their lead with a trademark breakaway goal from league topping striker Lionel Hoffman, short side. IGA held a great field advantage in the first half but were unable to increase their lead.
In the second half, the Stars (9-6-5) scored their first goal on a triple header play. Rob Bauml flicked a goal kick onto Steve Church who flicked it to Rick Danyluk down the right channel. Danyluk floated a beautiful cross back to Church, who headed it in through the finger tips of Woody Woodhouse.
IGA regained their two-goal cushion when Don Brown scored on a spot kick, but the Stars responded when Art Renaud drew his own penalty and made no mistake to the right side.
Just five minutes later, Renaud drew two defenders to the edge of the 18 and cut a ball back to Bauml, who bent a beauty left footer into the far corner from 22 yards out.
IGA earned several indirect free kicks and finally were rewarded when Dante Zanatta scored off the far post and in. The Stars stretched themselves to equalize, but Brown scored his second of the night after he picked up an errant pass and burst through the heart of the Stars’ defence to tuck the ball home.
The Leko Precast Camels finally got some playing time after two straight forfeit wins, and punished the Pushor Mitchell Advocates 7-0 at Parkinson #16 Field.
Steve Milne converted a feed from Dan Zieske in the first minute, while Jim Mottus nodded in a Zieske corner 60 seconds later. Rick Raber then rattled off a hat trick in eight minutes.
Al Murphy added a deuce in the second half for the third-place 15-4-1 Humpbacks, who had Dave Dutcher in net. The Advocates dipped to 5-13-2.
Fourth-place Lake Country FC spotted Bosman Accounting the go-ahead goal before clawing out a 3-1 victory at Marshall Field #2.
Ian Murphy soared over a defender and nodded in a cross from Tom Ouchi to give Bosman the early second-half lead.
Steve Cox, Glen Heagle and Neil MacNeil replied in a flurry of offence for the Lakers (12-6-2), who got strong games from defenders Duane Mueller and Brett Bandy.
Defender Gerard Geelkerken, rested after missing two weeks due to work, ran a marathon and set up a few dangerous chances to earn the Café Belgique Man of the Match for Bosman (4-16).
Penticton United wouldn’t allow North Country to play spoiler in its bid for league champions with a 3-1 win at Dale Meadows Park in Summerland.
Penticton (19-1) struck first in the 15th minute when Darren Schimpf potted a rebound off the North Country keeper John Dorward.
Later in the first half, after North Country changed keepers on the arrival of their wayward starter, Dave Rundall, Rob Jackson scored a brilliant goal when he streaked down the right side and placed a perfect shot over the keeper who found himself slightly off his line.
In the second half, Rob Gunning made it 3-0 after he took the ball through the North Country defence and around the sprawling keeper for a tap in.
North Country fought back in the second half and was rewarded after Penticton’s starting keeper, Mike Killick, left the game at the 75th minute, with an injury. North Country made the most of the change as Greg Bevandick snuck one by Brian Dean.
North Country dipped to 10-6-4.
The Rented Mules resumed their recent charge into the top-eight of the table and an anticipated early playoff exit with a 3-1 win over Brandt’s Creek at Parkinson #14 Field.
The Mules dominated the first half but it was 1-1 at the break, with Al Ryder scoring for the Mules. Brandt’s Creek tied it up with a clever quick free kick taken while keeper Mike Hrzic tried to persuade a group of obstinate and largely disinterested Mules to stand in a defensive wall.
The story of the second half for the 9-9-2 Mules was Izak Michaeli, who, having been knocked almost senseless with a ball to the chin earlier in the game, forgot that he is supposed to be an average player who merely works hard, and set up one goal and scored another.
The winner was scored by Clarke Burnett who, having received Michaeli’s excellent pass at the top of the box, paused and asked himself the important question, “What would Fred Vandergaag do?” Burnett then closed his eyes tight and toe punted it really hard into the bottom corner past a keeper who was completely justified in looking totally stunned.
The third goal was scored by Michaeli, who was none the wiser from the earlier incident, and still thinking he was Robin Van Persie, headed an Andy Barker cross inside the near post.
The Rutland Spirit got two goals from Micha Yakonowsky in a 5-1 win over Cantinas at Mission 71 Park. Singles came from Richard Chapman, Carlos Gutierrez and John Phillips.