Sunterra Custom Homes Sista’s shaded the OMG Chick Kickers 3-2 Thursday night to end the North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Division 2 season at Marshall Field #3.
Andrea Zubot was literally on fire for the Sista’s as her temperature was up from a summer cold but she still managed to record her second straight Christine Sinclair-like hat trick.
Zubot was named the Total Tire Lady of the Match for her hustle and creative ball skills. The tall striker opened the scoring with a brilliant high kick roof daddy past OMG keeper Wendy Nadeau. Tania Wirachowski did a great job distracting Nadeau.
The Chick Kickers replied when speedy youngster Cara Main converted from Char Johnson and Mechelle Hennig.
Zubot answered with a long shot from outside the 18, with the ball accidentally redirecting off the head of OMG defender Bobbi Catt into the corner.
Catt redeemed herself with a sweet, long curving ball to set up striker Ashley Smith, who beat the Sista’s defence down the middle for the equalizer.
The first part of second half was owned by the Kickers, but Sista’s stellar new keeper Susan August confidently came out to disrupt many threatening plays inside the 18.
August kept Sunterra alive until they got their second wind, playing without a sub, until the later part of the half when stopper Becky (Bubbles) Birbilis put a nice feed up to Zubot who danced around a defender and broke in alone on Nadeau before smartly finding the corner.
Biribilis was warned about blowing bubbles with her gum on the field, which charged her up for a high-spirited, dream-killer showing.
Jenne Currie and Marisa Wiebe, both playing injured, Maddy Demers, Amanda Gaythorpe and Shireena Zantigh gave strong performances with short sweet passes. Great coaching by Volker Otto paid off as Sunterra finished a solid third at 9-2-7.
Nadeau was a standout in net with constant encouragement, while game MVPs for the 10-4-4 Kickers went to Karen Woods, Bobbi Knopf and newlywed Nadine Danyluk.
United crew topples Capri
In Division 2 play at Marshall #2, North Okanagan United brushed back the stubborn Capri Insurance Brew Crew 4-1.
The Brew Crew struck first when Miranda Beacom fired a great shot past the NOU keeper to get her mates riled up for an exciting game.
NOU’s Leslie Arkell then snuck one past keeper Lisa Doughty to level the score late in the first half. Doughty made several marvellous stops in the opening 40 minutes.
There was lots of back and forth action in the second half, but the Brew Crew had some challenges with the speed of the 11-2-5 NOU forward line.
Eddie Ramsey (2) and Kelly Megyesi scored for NOU in the second half. Robin Penner, Theresa Bolton and Amy Markim worked hard for Capri defending NOU.
Speedster Alisha Hoy for the 4-11-3 Brew Crew worked hard on the outside wing to service the middle with good opportunities for Heather Findlay, Shelinda Morin and Ashleigh Newland.
Understaffed Rockets thwart Attack
Randy’s Rockets only had nine players, but managed an 8-0 grounding of Centerline Attack at Marshall #4.
Tawney Ruddenham, Lia Ciotoli, Amanda Wallace and Toren Huntley each supplied two goals for the Rockets (6-10-2).
“It was a terrific season for Centerline Attack and Division 2, our new league,” said league director Kris Ponto, of the Attack. “It was so wonderful to have so many new players come out to the beautiful game.”
A Super 8 League Monday drop-in will go three weeks starting Sept. 10 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at MacDonald Park.
Visit www.nowsa.webs.com or Facebook under NOWSA as well. Cost is $25 payable to Kelly Megyesi. There will be an appie night on Sept. 24.
Silver Stars stuff Summerland
In men’s 50s league play Thursday night, the Silver Stars downed the Summerland Rockets 5-2 at Okanagan Mission Fields in Kelowna.
Striker Rob Ross opened the offence with a header off a great Mahmoud Abdelkader cross. Dave Hobbs buried a rebound for the Stars’ next goal.
Ross had several good chances on close-in shots and breakaways, but made the South Okanagan keeper look like Joe Hart.
Summerland came back to tie it 2-2 on some good passing plays. The table was tilted for good with a couple of own goals and a nice shot from towering, lightweight defender Glen Stephanishin.
The Piccadilly Street Fish & Chips Man of the Match was boisterous Tim Penaluna standing in goal for the 8-7-4 Stars.
Vernon Kal Tire fell 6-1 to Penticton United at Constable Neil Bruce School in West Kelowna. Midfielder Wayne Aasen scored in the late going for the listless Tiremen (12-6-1).
Several members of the Stars and Kal Tire open play at the B.C. Seniors Games, Wednesday, in Burnaby.