Vernon Toyota grounded Bosman Accounting 2-0 in Okanagan Men’s 35+ Soccer League action Monday night at Marshall Field #4.
Despite playing with 10 men, Toyota managed to carry much of the play and had plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the game.
Toyota’s John Orton opened the scoring in the first half after out-hustling two defenders to the ball. Orton connected with a ripper to the lower right hand corner of the net.
Marty Steele made it 2-0 after Ley Christensen spotted him on a run through the middle. Steele calmly bent the ball around the Bosman keeper.
Toyota’s defence had another strong outing as Dan Curtis and Iain Butler combined for the shutout. Butler, who “played a little keeper” in his younger days in England, has yet to be scored on in his backup role.
“Butler played strong and made a terrific save on Henk Bosman late in the second half to preserve the lead,” said Toyota manager John Davies.
“Iain has extended his shutout streak to 28 years and counting,” added Davies.
Toyota improved to 8-8-2 with two regular-season games left. Bosman dipped to 4-12-2.
In 45+ league action Monday night, the Silver Stars shut down the Kelowna Rented Mules 2-0 at Rutland Sports Fields.
Rob Bauml did a nice overlap run, took a feed from Rick Danyluk, juked and jived around the keeper and opened the scoring in the 30th minute with his seventh of the season.
Art Renaud added insurance with 20 minutes left in the game as Bauml cut the ball back to the 18 after taking a pass from Gary Saunders.
Ted Lurkins recorded the shutout as the sixth-place Stars went to 10-7-4. The Mules are 4-13-4. The top-eight teams advance to the playoffs.
Rick Raber and Mike Daly each scored twice as the second-place Vernon Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels stuffed Lake Country 2-0 at Beasley Park.
Raber, who has counted 16 goals in his last eight games, made it 2-0 just before the break after taking a feed from Daly, who opened the Humpbacks’ offence at 15 minutes after a play involving Gordie Howard and Rob Hulstein.
Raber converted from the right side after a cross by Terry Lowe to make it 3-0 early in the second half. Daly, from Howard, completed the scoring as the Camels improved to 16-3-2. Lake Country dipped to 3-16-2.
League-leading Kelowna IGA ambushed the Big O Tire Ogopogos of Vernon 9-1 at Marshall #1.
Big O Tire (8-12-1) had a few opportunities but only capitalized on one chance, a beautiful blast to the top left corner by Brad Conlin. Leo Nadeau and Mike Adams had strong games on defence trying to ward off the 20-0-1 IGA onslaught.
Third-place North Country Appraisals Kickers grounded Okanagan Spring Brewery 5-1 at Marshall #3. Mike Lloyd scored for the brewers (8-11-2). The Kickers are 14-4-3.