Will Kruiper of  the Kelowna North Country Appraisals Kickers (left) battles Cam Percy of the Vernon Silver Stars for a loose ball in Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League action Monday night at Marshall Field #4.

Will Kruiper of the Kelowna North Country Appraisals Kickers (left) battles Cam Percy of the Vernon Silver Stars for a loose ball in Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League action Monday night at Marshall Field #4.

Stars’ win streak grounded

Silver Stars unbeaten streak stopped in 2-1 loss to North Country Appraisals.

After seven weeks of unbeaten glory, the Vernon Silver Stars were finally brought down to ground level Monday night.

The fourth-place Stars lost 2-1 to the ninth-place North Country Appraisals Kickers of Kelowna in Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League play at Marshall Field #4.

The Stars – the last team to lose a game – opened the offence in the first half when Kenny Rath scored a beauty, low to the short side, off a rebound from 12 yards after a Gary Saunders’ shot.

The Kickers (4-4-1) regrouped at half time, started to apply pressure, and were rewarded when Greg Bevandick was hauled down in the penalty area. Bevandick calmly slotted the ball home for the equalizer.

Steve Fitzpatrick of the 4-1-4 Stars – who picked England to win the Euro Cup – kept the score even when he cleared away a sure goal by Matt Cherrille. Cherrille headed the ball cleanly off a corner, but Fitzpatrick nodded the ball away as he defended on the goal line.

Fritz Berenyi cashed in on a rebound for the winner, with five minutes remaining.

Camels scare off Spirit

Gord Howard reached the 11-goal mark with a first-half hat trick as the Leko Precast Camels shelled winless Rutland Spirit 8-0 at City Park in Kelowna.

Chris Reeves (2), Dave Marshall, with his first goal of the season on a penalty kick, on his 46th birthday, Al Murphy and Dave Dawson completed the 7-2 Humpbacks’ offence. Dave Dutcher got to page three in Tolstoy’s War and Peace while recording the easy shutout. The Spirit dipped to 0-8-1.

Controls lock down Mules

Big O Tire/Turn-Key Controls shut down the Kelowna Rented Mules 2-0 at Marshall #3.

The Tiremen (5-4) converted lots of passes and won most of the 50-50 balls and went in front when Henry Czerwonka converted a penalty kick, low, right corner. The PK was awarded for a hand ball.

Later, leading sniper Mark Wasylyk registered his eighth goal of the season off a scramble from a great corner by Rueben Cerventez. Wasylyk drove the ball low and hard through numerous defenders and the keeper.

Tenacious forward Roland Reidstra and reliable fullback Leo Nadeau enjoyed stellar showings for Big O, whose keeper Yogi Kondsdorf made two big saves on clear second-half shots.

Penticton bankrupts accountants

First-place Penticton United stayed two point ahead of second-place Kelowna Marketplace IGA by stuffing Bosman Accounting of Vernon 5-0 at Dale Meadows Park in Summerland.

Ross Jewell of shortstaffed Bosman played striker in the first half and then replaced Guy Paulsen in net for the second half, stopping a penalty shot while allowing just three goals on 15 shots. Jewell earned the Geotech Drilling Man of the Match.

The accounting crew sorely missed stars Henk Bosman and Erick Burnett, both in mourning over the Netherlands’ shocking exit from the Euro Cup.

IGA stopped Salmon Arm McIsaac & Co. 6-1 at Parkinson Field #9 with a full roster.

The Marketplace crew (7-1-1) dominated possession, and if not for the hard work of Salmon Arm’s back line, could have reached double figures. Tony Gonzales (2), Dante Zanatta (2), Lionel Hoffman and Larry Kinakin clicked for IGA. Zanatta, who coaches the UBCO Heat men’s team, had the goal of the night past a helpless keeper Ray Tims.

Nigel Clack connected on a 25-yard screamer for the shortstaffed Shuswap boys (5-3-1).

Rookie Bruce McAuliffe scored his first winning goal since high school as Lake Country clipped Brandt’s Creek Pub 1-0 at Parkinson #16.

Lake Country (4-3-2) had numerous chances to score in the first half with no luck. The second half was much closer with McAuliffe scoring his third of the year with 10 minutes left. Lake Country used a three-keeper system after defender Duane Mueller injured his shoulder. Brandt’s dipped to 4-4-1.

Celtic slips by Lake Country

In men’s 35+ league action, the Vernon Celtic came up big with a 2-1 win over Lake Country Variform Monday night at Beasley Park.

The Celtic (5-2-2) moved into third place, one point ahead of Lake Country.

Missing their leading scorers, the Celtic watched Rodney Goodchild turn in a brilliant run, tip-toeing down the channel before finding the head of Kriss Yargeau for the winner in the 75th minute.

The Celtic got strong play from newcomer Chris Ovens, who scored once and provided solid defending. Keeper Mike Collins thwarted several good chances by Lake Country (5-3-1).

Vernon got good defensive play from newly-turned 40-year-old Jason Beck, Joe Schoeber and Ryan Sharp. Tyler Johnson and Ryan Leibel had gritty performances in the midfield.

Vernon Kal Tire won 1-0 by default over Kelowna Taco Bell FC.