The Turn-Key Controls (7-4-1) gained some ground in the North Okanagan Soccer League table, defeating Riot FC 3-1 and drawing NOD Eagle Homes 1-1 in makeup action.
Turn-Key failed to capitalize on a couple of early chances Monday night against the Riot at Marshall Field #3, including a post in the opening minutes of a scoreless first half.
Fresh off playing in the U17 Provincials, Mike Bennett wasted little time opening the scoring in the second half, taking a pass from Andrew Pool and beating the keeper short side. Bennett proved dangerous yet again when his shot found the post and Conan Ackert was there to convert the rebound for the 2-0 lead.
Victor Gouchee was solid again in the Turn-Key net, making the Total Restoration Save of the Game on a Riot push up the field. He was beaten on the rebound off a spectacular bicycle kick by Patrick Schindler.
Preston Tucker put the game away for good when he converted a pretty tic-tac-toe play up the field from Pool and Ackert.
Turn-Key drew Eagle Homes Sunday night in a highly-physical affair that saw the two squads go home with a well-deserved point.
Eagle Homes started the scoring in the eighth minute when a shot from well outside took an unfortunate bounce off a Turn-Key defender and past Gouchee, who was bold in his Turn-Key debut. Gouchee was solid in keeping NOD at bay before Pool located some space in the defence and launched the equalizer just before the half.
The second half saw the squads keep battling in the midfield. Nolan’s Pharmasave Man of the Match Nathan Tucker was firm on the back end for Turn-Key alongside defenders Carson Haywood-Farmer, Bryce Paterson and Kyle Goodgrove.
Meanwhile, Vernon Kal Tire rolled over the Salmon Arm Beer Badgers 4-1 in Kelowna Men’s League 35+ action Monday night at Marshall #2.
After a slow start, Kal Tire (9-4) came on when Jesse Knight tallied his 10th snipe of the year after breaking free. A few minutes later, Rodney Goodchild pinned a hard shot off the post and in.
Salmon Arm countered after a conflict in the 18 led to a penalty kick.
Knight missed low, right on a second-half penalty kick but then made up for it when he stole the ball and beat the defender and keeper.
Later, Mark Budgen made a great cross to Kriss Yargeau, whose header went off the crossbar. Rounding out the scoring was Geoff Straight, who beat the keeper and placed the ball in the back of the net.
Strong play for Kal Tire came from Rene Mailloux and keeper Chris Bader, who was feeling stoked after winning a sweet Weber barbecue from The Morning Star earlier in the day.
Kal Tire visits first-place Penticton Pinnacles Monday night at Kelowna City Park.