Yogi Kongsdorf celebrated his 49th birthday with a shutout as the Big O Tire/Turn-key Ogopogos blanked Salmon Arm 1-0 in Okanagan Oldtimers 45+ Men’s Soccer League play Monday night on Marshall Field #2.
With Salmon Arm fielding only 11 players, Vernon played a smart passing game to penetrate the attacking zone. Kongsdorf stopped sniper Andrew Winston on a penalty kick just outside the 18-yard box to keep it scoreless.
Mark Wasylyk, with his second goal of the year, handled Vernon’s offence with a header over the Salmon Arm keeper. Mike Powell set up the play with a high kick from outside the 18.
Other stand outs for Big O/Turn Key were midfielders Brad Conlin, Gary Dill and newcomer Roland Reistra.
The Silver Stars and Winfield drew 1-1 in a well-fought match Monday at Beasley Park.
A much-improved Winfield squad held most of the possession in the first half and were rewarded 25 minutes in when they strung together three precise passes, capped by a beautiful volley courtesy of Paul Charlton from 25 yards out.
The second half saw the Stars take over more of the play. After some solid pressure, a Winfield miscue allowed Gary Saunders to bury his second of the season. A Stars’ goal kick was flicked on past the defenders and a poor play back to the keeper allowed Saunders to strip him of the ball and score in the open net from 12 yards out.
The Vernon Camels exploded for three late goals to stuff Bosman Accounting 4-1 on Marshall #3.
Dan Zieske buried a shot from the top of the 18 to spot the Camels a lead heading into the break.
Bosman equalized early in the second half on a strike by Carl McLennan, assisted by Henk Bosman, but Camels responded with a pair of goals by Gord Howard and a single by Al Murphy.
Howard scored once on a pass from Rick Raber and again on a blast from just inside the 18. Murphy picked the bottom corner after a string of nice Camel passes.
At City Park in Kelowna, the Rented Mules upended North Country Appraisals 2-1.
Harry Dehaas converted an Andy Barker breakaway pass for the only goal of the first half. North Country scored with a well-placed free kick early in the second.
The Mules’ winner came with about 20 minutes left as Andreas Dietrich’s shot deflected past a wrong-footed keeper following John Antal’s skillful knockdown of a Barker cross.
North Country pushed hard for the equalizer, but the Mules dug in their hooves and defended well, their backline anchored by Mike Daley and Donovan Hare.
IGA responded from a disappointing loss to North Country last week by destroying Rutland Spirit 9-1 Monday at Mission 71 Field.
Lionel Hoffman led the IGA offence with four goals, singles going to Craig Bakala with a beautiful curler from 20 yards, Brad Heuser, Grant Campbell, Tony Gonzales, Geoff Greenwell and Cam Bakala.
Brandt’s Creek pulled out a 1-0 win over Cantina’s Pub at Parkinson #16.
In Oldtimers 35+ action, Vernon Celtic extended their good start of the season with a 5-1 stuffing of Kelowna’s Fountain Tire.
After 20 uneventful minutes, Celtic broke the deadlock as Irishman Rodney Goodchild broke loose on the right flank and found Tim McGowan for a tap-in.
Just before halftime, McGowan shrugged of his marker in the penalty area to collect his second goal. Rookie Tyler Johnson, making his debut, scored the 3-0 goal in style with a diving header.
Bryan Schenker, converting once a breakaway, and again on a feed from Geoff Straight, completed the Celtic assault.
Celtic’s Volker Otto made a successful comeback after being sidelined for six months with a broken foot.