Silver stars get serious for 45+ season

Vernon Silver Stars bash Bosman Accounting 8-1 in the Capri Insurance 45+ Men’s Soccer League Monday night at Marshall Field.

Not content with their middle-of-the-pack placing last year, the Vernon Silver Stars are determined to be serious contenders in the Capri Insurance 45+ Men’s Soccer League in 2013.

Bolstered by a handful of veterans from the now defunct Salmon Arm Credit Union club, the Stars looked for real in an 8-1 bashing of Bosman Accounting Monday night at Marshall Field #5.

Midfielder Andrew Whiston ran miles in his Stars’ debut and joined striker Paul McCardle in a two-goal game. Rick Danyluk opened the Stars’ offence and Dave Howes also tallied, while two Bosman defenders bumbled bullets into their own net past startled keeper Pete Richter.

Bosman took the lead in the sixth minute when Ian Murphy buried a rebound after Henk Bosman’s howitzer struck the crossbar behind Ted Lurkins.

Defenders John Burns and Steve Fitzpatrick, fourth cousins out of England, enjoyed stellar showings on the Stars’ back line.

The Leko Precast Camels, semifinalists last year, opened with a 2-0 grounding of the Big O Tire Ogopogos at Marshall #2.

Rookie Ley Christensen clicked on a breakaway after a through ball by Gordie Howard for the only first-half goal.

Al Murphy added insurance on one of his trademark diving headers after a cross by Steve Milne. Dave Dutcher earned the shutout.

North Country Appraisals Kickers doubled Rutland Spirit 4-2 with Will Kruiper (2), Greg Bevandick and Vinny Delgado scoring for the Kickers. Doug Roth and Micha Yakonowski replied for Rutland,

Vernon Kal Tire FC had a tough night under the lights in Lake Country, falling 7-1 to Alves Bros. in Kelowna Men’s 35+ Soccer League play Monday.

Kal Tire’s goal came on a wild run by Bryan Schenker, who eventually had his shot deflected to a storming Mark Budgen. It 3-0 at the half.