Morning Star Staff
Brent Poulsen pulled the hat trick as North Enderby Timber toppled Peters Tirecraft 6-1 Wednesday Night at MacDonald Park.
NET won their second straight North Okanagan Soccer League game after getting outplayed by the 0-2 Tiremen in the opening 10 minutes.
Midfielder Lucas Ross opened the scoring on an excellent solo run up the middle, beating several defenders before hammering home a low cannon to the bottom corner.
NET kept up the pressure when Poulsen controlled the ball in the midfield and sent in Patrick Schindler on a breakaway and Schindler calmly beat the outstretched keeper Brock Allen.
Five minutes into the second half, Poulsen converted one of his own.
Mike Bennett (TRU WolfPack) played the ball over top of everybody to a streaking Poulsen, who dodged a defender and banked it in off the unlucky Allen.
Brothers Andrew and Danny Stein hooked up for the fourth NET goal after a nifty give-and-go saw Tirecraft defenders standing still, leaving Andrew wide open at the top of the 18, where he fired a rocket off the post and in to mark his wife Holly’s birthday.
Poulsen added further insurance to cap the Timber scoring.
The Brick Man of the Match went to Devin Laughren, who was a rock on the NET back line, denying any Tirecraft offence.
Turn-Key Controls joined the Timber in the penthouse by grounding Monashee Surveying 4-1 under the lights at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park.
Turn-Key, who played on bumpy MacDonald Park last week, took awhile to get used to the turf field and were sloppy in the opening 25 minutes.
Monashee struck early when Turn-Key goaltender Gregg Douma lost a cross from the corner in the lights which the Monashees forward was quick to bury the rebound for an early lead.
Turn-Key settled down before the half when a Taylor Horsting free kick found the head of Nathan Tucker, who was battling the keeper and opportunistic Thomas Pool buried the rebound from the goalmouth.
Newcomer and Nolan’s Pharmasave Man of the Match Lendrit Ademi converted a tap-in on a beautiful passing play that saw Andrew Pool streaking down the left wing and playing a ball across the crease to David Weir, who found Ademi alone in front for a 2-1 halftime lead.
Ademi started the scoring in the second half, taking a throw-in on the offensive zone from defender Reid Foerter before beating a defender and the keeper.
Weir finished the attack in the dying minutes, taking a pass down the flank from Evan Moore and darting through the back four before finding the inside post and in.
n Vernon Tolko United U14 girls lost 3-1 to Kelowna United in Thompson Okanagan Rep Soccer League play Sunday.
Vernon came out strong in the first 15 minutes, controlling possession and creating offensive opportunity. However, as first half play progressed, Vernon had trouble clearing Kelowna out of its defensive end. After several impressive stops by keeper Summer Crosby, Kelowna popped in their first goal at 25 minutes.
Focused defensive improvement allowed Vernon to begin a counterattack with solid contribution from Elizabeth Hirschkorn, Kenzie Killingbeck and outside defensive stand-in, Olivia Tymkiw.
Rane Smith turned on the quads chasing down defensive runbacks that would have otherwise been Kelowna breakaways. Defensive play was complemented by tireless midfield effort from Lina Fankhauser, Lanaya Bandy and Alexis Gauvin-Nice, along with co-keeper Janelle Barnett who played midfield in the opening 40.
Strikers Mekedes Bunn and Sydney Wilson created several scoring chances. Vernon was finally rewarded with a second half top-shelf goal by striker Sidney Wilson with an assist inside the goal box from Jessica Grages, tying up the game 1-1.
Late in the second half, a breaking pass to a Kelowna forward slipped past the fingers of keeper Janelle Barnett, allowing Kelowna to take the lead, 2-1. A few us later, Kelowna connected on another after a scramble in the Vernon goal box. Vernon United responded with two terrific free kick opportunities from Rane Smith and Marika Ternan which barely cleared the cross bar, leaving the final score at 3-1.