Everything Graham Ross touched turned into goals Wednesday night as North Enderby Timber rallied to stop Monashee Surveying 5-3 in an entertaining North Okanagan Men’s Soccer League game at Marshall Field #2.
Ross, who earned the Sleeman’s Man of the Match, helped set up four of the Timber goals, while unfortunately touching a ball which enabled Devon Marriott to beat keeper Danny Stein with a high, top-corner rocket on a penalty kick.
Monashee’s, wisely playing the wind advantage, grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead on a pair of left-footed goals by Cam Clary.
NET (8-1-1) responded 10 minutes into the second half when Ross picked off an errant clearance and chipped a through ball to Brent Poulsen.
Just three minutes later, Poulsen drew three defenders and a foul with Ross sending a free kick to Harminder Sandhu, who used two touches to convert off the far post.
Ross then found Bryn Knauf for a 3-0 header goal before Ross curled in another free kick which was headed to Poulsen, who nailed a corker under the crossbar.
Stein, using the wind, booted the ball to the 3-4-1 Monashee 18-yard line, where Poulsen chipped the ball over the keeper to close out the offence.
The Davidson & Co. Dynamite ambushed the Concept Physio 10-0 at Marshall #5.
Master striker Rob Ross was explosive with two goals, the first on a breakaway where he put the ball between the keeper’s legs. The second was a header into the top corner from a blazing cross from Albert Goldnik, the Nitros’ regular keeper who played out the second half, scoring once and setting up several others.
Geoff Cox, Brad DeBoice, Sean Kelman, Jesse Knight, Tyler Loose, Landon Osborne and Nathan Whitling also scored for the 6-2-2 Nitros, who got several brilliant stops from Ean Ross in the second half, including two dazzlers on breakaways.
Turn-Key Controls had a short bench but parlayed a stellar team system into a 3-0 Sunday upset of the host Revelstoke Stallions.
With both their starting and backup keepers unable to make the trip, super athlete Alex Nolan won the job by default as he forgot his jersey at home.
After a scoreless first half, Turn-Key pushed for the first goal, and a smart bank pass off the Revelstoke crossbar from Marco Arnold to Cam Egan opened up the scoring.
Egan continued his strong play as he fed a wide open Evan Moore in the 18-yard box and Moore made it 2-0.
Turn-Key (3-5-1) kept pressing and after some smart ball movement down the right side, they converted on a low, blistering shot from Chris Harris.
The Turn-Key defence stepped up its game for the final few minutes to preserve Nolan’s shutout.