Vernon Kal Tire rallied to stop Select Your Tickets 4-2 in Kelowna Men’s 35+ Soccer League action Monday night at pot-holed Marshall Field #1.
Last-place Select Your Tickets (0-9) scored first with a bump-set volley that fooled the Kal Tire defence. That was the only goal of the first half as the tiremen (7-2) had multiple chances with three breakaways and a penalty shot that 14-goal man Jesse Knight rang off the post.
In the second half, Ryan Sharp moved up from his stopper position to rifle a shot into the back of the net. The ticketmen replied with a 25-yard chip shot when the Kal Tire keeper was caught off his line. Vernon showed more composure in the remaining 25 minutes as Rod (Chili) Valdivieso hit a beautiful shot that slid in behind the far post.
Michael Arding delivered a close-range goal when he tapped a five-yard shot off the crossbar and in for the winner. John LeDuc finished the attack as he put some Pho Fusion on the ball.
Meanwhile, the Vernon Liquor Store Stallions earned a 5-3 comeback win over the Kelowna Rented Mules at Marshall #4.
Denis Chabot (2), Jeff Abbott, Dave Howes, on a penalty kick, and Paul McArdle handled the offence for the Stallions (5-3-1), who leapfrogged into sole possession of fourth place.
Abbott posted the Stallions’ first goal with the Mules going up 3-1 at the half. Right winger Dan Ondzik earned the Italian Kitchen man of the Match with some spicy runs.
The North Country Appraisals Kickers played with 10 men and clipped Bosman Accounting 4-3 at Marshall Field #5.
Steve Reston scored twice from in tight, on corners by Steve Frost, as the Kickers moved the ball around nicely and Bosman turned the ball over a zillion times.
Wil Kruiper, on a feed by Matt Cherrille, and Tony Overton, completed the 7-2 Kickers’ offence.
Central midfielder Remco Wijnhorst took a cross from winger Kevin Mitchell just outside the 18 and scored on a shot that one-hopped in the mud and slipped through keeper David Gadd’s fingers, for Bosman’s 1-1 goal.
Ian Murphy nicely finished a give-and-go with Rolf Hirschkorn to pull Bosman within a deuce, while Laurent Dansereau worked wonders in the far corner and cruised in front where he headed in a cross from Hirschkorn to make it 4-3. Bosman is 3-6.
Brown Benefits toppled the Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels 4-1 at lumpy Marshall Field #2.
Tony Gonzales opened the scoring midway through the first half, finishing off a fine pass from Lionel Hoffman.
The second-place Browns (8-0-1) kept up the pressure in the second half and were rewarded when Steve Nader nodded in a rebound after a fine Dave Dutcher save.
Al Murphy pulled the Camels to within one with a great header from a Gord Howard free kick. The Camels poured on the pressure but were undone by a Browns counterattack that was finished off by Darryl Hazell. Steve Nader added an insurance marker five minutes from the end with a corker.
Central defender Rob Hulstein ran miles and earned the Old Dutch Chips Man of the Match for the Humpbacks (4-4-1).
First-place Penticton Dental Clinic United brushed off the Big O Tire-Yurn-Key Controils Ogopogos 3-1 at Dale Meadows Park in Summerland.
The Ogopogos dipped deep into their spare reserve list and recruited Bryan Cope, who could only play net because of a bad knee, and toeless wonder Greg Sol for defence.
Big O turned in an awesome defensive effort in the first half, only giving up a goal in the last seconds.
After a third United goal, Big O’s Duane Dennis rushed toward the net and passed back to the 18 to a shouting Bryan Schenker, who parlayed a a World Cup-like bender top cheese.
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Brandt’s Creek registering their third consecutive clean sheet by blanking Pushor Mitchell 3-0 at Mission #12.
The scoring was opened courtesy of a penalty kick by Andy Stevenson after Vinnie Jones was hauled down in the box.
Despite wasting several gilt-edged opportunities, the 5-3-1 Pubbers went ahead 2-0 on a goal by Jason Bell.
The second half was a similar exercise as the first, with Brandt’s failing to capitalize on several quality scoring chances. With 20 minutes left to play, Colin (Badger Boy) Bennett took a feed 24 yards out and arrowed a beauty into the top corner.
The game was unfortunately called 15 minutes from time due to a Pushor player sustaining an injury requiring Paramedic services. No update at the time of posting, but best wishes from the Brandt’s lads on a speedy recovery. Pushor Mitchell dipped to 2-6-1.
The Cantinas ended their losing skid with a 7-2 victory over Rutland Spirit.
Jim Murphy and Joachim Nierfeld pulled hat tricks for the Cantinas at Mission #14 Sports Field.
Julien Vernet added a single for the 1-7-1 Cantinas, while Ray Holden and Clay McLeod scored for Rutland (0-9).
Rutland RPM Automotive edged Lake Country 1-0 at Kelowna City Park, improving to 4-5. The Lakers are 4-2-3.