The Sunterra Sistas made the most of the first-half wind advantage as they breezed by Capri Insurance 6-0 in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Division 2 action Thursday night at Marshall Field #2.
Miranda Dalhuisen, the ‘Assista Sista’ Playmaker of the Game, started it all by drawing Capri keeper Shelin Morin out of position before dropping to Carmen Kinniburgh, who one-timed a tap in for her first of the season.
Kinniburgh then orchestrated a switch play to Deanna Baker, who blasted a high one top shelf. Dalhuisen and Kinniburgh then set up Andrea Zubot for the 8-1-1 Sistas’ third tally.
Nicole Williams sent a line drive to Kim Sylvester, who sniped one from outside the 18 to complete the first-half attack. Kinniburgh, on a through ball from Amy Fitchett, and a Becky Birbilis breakaway rounded out the scoring.
Sunterra’s Lesley Williams and Cassandra Otto did everything they could to score, but were either stymied by the wind, or stonewalled by Morin.
Birbilis and Sarah Ehman shared the clean sheet, Amanda Gaythorpe was steady during her spell at sweeper, and Tania Wirachowsky created some great plays in midfield. Capri slipped to 3-7.
The Green Rockets and Centerline Attack ran to a 3-3 draw on Marshall #4.
Sasha Haddow, Sam Audley and Lindsay Smith scored for the 6-4-1 Rockets, who had a bunch of close shots. Centreline are 1-7-2.
In Masters Division play Thursday, Laureen Harris turned the hat trick as the Longhorn Impact brushed back Shuswap Kaos 6-1 in Salmon Arm.
Janelle Smithson, Edeen Ramsey and Denise Bourdon chipped in with singles for the first-place Impact (16-0).
Lisa Boer and Suzie Andrews were standouts on the Longhorn back line, while newcomer Stacey Cover was masterful at sweeper.
It was a great conditioning match for Jodi Hawthore, Ramsey, Dana Hornibrook and Andrews, who are hooking up with local teams competing at the World Masters Games, Aug. 2-11 in Torino, Italy. The Kaos are 4-7-1.
The Controllers harnessed the second-half wind to post a 4-1 win over Rosters at Marshall #5.
Going into the wind in the first half, the 7-7-1 Controllers’ Jacquie Nuyens made a late run down the left side and found Jenn Spitzer, who fired one past Rosters’ keeper Peggy Warnes. Rosters (1-7-3) tied it after the break when an unmarked Daralee Morris drilled one past Mickey Templeton.
Emma Louie put the Controllers in front for good on a penalty resulting from a handball.
Michele Wernicke added to the lead with a 25-yarder to the top corner on a setup by Ang Durfeld. Nuyens and Spitzer combined to set up Krista Backer for a one-timer for the final tally.
The Controllers got strong midfield outings from Amy Schupe, Wernicke, Nuyens and Durfeld, who was named Lady of the Match.
The Vernon Chick Kickers continued to make the most of a skeleton roster as they doubled Shuswap Merlot 4-2 at Marshall #1.
Crystal Bergman started off the 5-3-4 Kickers’ scoring by cashing in a rebound off an Elisha Kittsen shot from outside the box.
Taking a feed from Bergman, Colline Johnson slipped through the Shuswap defence and fed Jenny Sorochuck for a low shot to the corner.
Merlot (3-7-3) got on board with a free kick after fill-in goalie Bonny Mann forgot she can’t pick the ball up outside the 18. Jenny Garnett and Johnson then worked some magic in setting up a wide open Bergman for a gift-wrapped strike before the half.
Merlot capitalized on a Kicker defensive miscue to start the second half, but the Chicks settled down after that. Johnson, with her first of the season, capped the scoring on a penalty.
Wendy Magnus seemed to be everywhere, giving Shuswap no room to manoeuver. She had great support from stopper Robyn Sherwood and Thatyana Chay on the outside.
Second-half keeper Marilyn VanderDeen was steady, and hard-working winger Tania Sladen inspired her teammates with passion and drive.
In a rare Friday-nighter at Marshall #3, North Okanagan United grounded Seasons in the Okanagan Sistas 6-1.
The 1-11-1 Sistas were on the ball early as they opened the scoring when Dairy Queen/Dove/Budweiser Woman of the Match Lisa Geary sent a through ball to Diane Neudorf, who beat NOU keeper Darlene Wiese. United are 5-5-5.