The Vernon United played some inspired soccer last weekend, winning a pair of Thompson/Okanagan Under 15 Boys Rep League games by a combined score of 9-1.
United started off Saturday morning at McDonald Park by bouncing the Kamloops Blaze Orange 6-1.
Cameron Hitch, with assists to Zac Kronbauer and Kody Glinsbockel, scored just two minutes in before Kamloops equalized six minutes later after some miscommunication in the Vernon back line.
Michael Williamson put Vernon ahead for good at 25 minutes, while Glinsbockel scored 10 minutes later. The scoring continued early in the second half with Kronbauer converting a pass from Hitch. Ryan Killingsworth and Lucas Ross, from Jorden Dewing, rounded out the offence.
In the Sunday afternoon match at Marshall Field, United took on the defending provincial champions Penticton Pinnacles and won 3-0 in dominating fashion.
Williamson, from Kronbauer and Matthew Kreutz, opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Williamson scored again 12 minutes later on a great feed from Liam Ross.
Hitch rounded out the scoring on a penalty kick early in the second half after Williamson was taken down in the 18-yard area by a Pinnacle defender. Cole Shoemaker earned the shutout.
United received strong defensive play from Shayne Groeneveld, Jason Reich, Isaiah Wenger, Chase Larsen and Dewing. Midfielder Brandon Melbourne was solid.
The U-12 Rep Development Silver Star Mountain Lions #2 had to travel through a snowstorm early Sunday morning to play two games at MacArthur Island in Kamloops.
The Lions bowed 3-1 to Kelowna United #2 in their opener with Malcolm Wiens converting on a great direct free kick from 25 yards out.
The whole team worked hard against an always strong Kelowna team. Coaches Will Wiens and Erick Burnet named defender Kevin Thibault Man of the Match.
In Game 2, the Mountain Lions erased an early 2-0 deficit to win 5-3 over Penticton #2.
“We started the game a bit unlucky, but we made a few tactical changes and from then we owned the game, creating lots of chances,” said coach Wiens. “The boys attacked like there was no tomorrow, putting constant pressure on the Penticton defence.”
Central defender Connor London scored with a very nice volley from long distance. Man of the Match Malcolm Wiens scored another two goals. Keeper Wyatt Carter, defender Wilson Stewart and midfielders Morgan Nichols and Kenzel Aarts were stellar.
The U-12 Silver Star Mountain Lions #1 had a great showing on Sunday in Kamloops recording a 2-2 tie versus Kelowna #1 and a 4-1 victory over Penticton #1.
Against Kelowna #1, the Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute after Charis Ondrik passed the ball from midfield to Sam Eggert. Eggert then wired a shot from 18 yards out, beating the Kelowna keeper to the right.
Kelowna then equalized on a free kick with just seconds left in the first half. The Silver Stars then took the lead in the 38th minute when Mees Geelkerken sent in Malcolm Wiens on a partial breakaway. Wiens fended off a Kelowna defender and then exploded the ball into the right corner.
Kelowna tied the game with only eight minutes left. The Mountain Lions had a great chance to win the game, but Jared Quibell’s spectacular shot from 14 yards out was denied only by the goal post.
The Mountain Lions had a great chance to win the game, but Jared Quibell’s spectacular shot from 14 yards out was denied only by the goal post.
“It was a great effort for the boys”, said Vernon coach Rolf Hirschkorn. “Our goalie Shane Pelkey had an outstanding game in net, denying the Kelowna side a couple of times from close range.”
Aaron Botterill was noted for outstanding play of defence, shutting down several Kelowna offensive plays.
In Game 2, the Lions grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute of play after Weins streaked down the left side and crossed in a ball that was skilfully redirected by Geelkerken into the back of the net from six yards out.
Penticton scored four minutes later after a rebound found a lone Pinnacles forward at the far post. Vernon quickly replied in the 17th minute when Josh Hyer crossed a ball into Geelkerken, who coolly struck the ball into the left side of the net.
Hyer was again involved in the Vernon offence when he corralled a Penticton goal kick about 25 yards out and one-timed the ball over the keeper to round out the first-half scoring. Weins sealed the deal in the second half when he ran onto an Ondrik goal kick just past centre, beat the defender down the right side and unleashed a howitzer to the short side.
Elias Jensen and Christopher Richardson were noted for their strong play at forward and midfield respectively.
In U11 Development Rep play Sunday at stormy Beasley Park in Lake Country, both Vernon teams posted a win and a draw.
United #2, coached by Roy Cooper, shelled Revelstoke 9-0 after drawing 3-3 with Shuswap.
Owen Miller scored four times, including once on a penalty kick, as United beat Revelstoke. Alex Oguunbiyi (2), CJ Storey, Steven Benischek and Braeden Cooper completed the offence. Cooper also had two assists. Adam Raber earned Man of the Match.
Oguunbiyi, with a pair, on feeds by Brendan Yakura and Miller, and Daniel Smith, unassisted, registered goals versus Shuswap. Benischek took Man of the Match.
Perez Vermeulen supplied three goals as United #1, coached by Kevin Mitchell, iced Revelstoke 7-2. Man of the Match Joe Eggert set up all of Vermeulen’s goals, while scoring once from Leon Schenker and Purvis.
Braydie Allen, on a nifty one-timer on a corner by Vermeulen, Purvis from Allen, Cody Webb off a corner by Schenker, and Nick Mitchell on a 15-yard blast, completed the United offence.
Eggert, on a pass from Schenker, who had been fed by Purvis, had United’s goal in their tie with Shuswap. Keeper Dylan Huber made some fabulous saves, while Schenker blocked a shot from close range with Shuswap pressing for the go-ahead goal. Finn Plummer ran miles to earn Man of the Match. Aaron Plessis scored for Shuswap.
After dominating both games last week and losing, the Vernon United U18 girls turned in a less than stellar performance in a 1-1 tie with the Penticton Pinnacles.
The cold, blustery weather played a part in the game as Penticton came out strong and hit the post twice in the first half. The Pinnacles played numerous through balls and the goalkeeping of Vernon’s Player of the Match Dayna Epp, who stopped four breakaways, kept United in the game.
With less than a minute to play in the first half, there was a scramble in the Penticton end and the ball bounced to Kirmen Niijjar, who volleyed it from 20 yards out, under the crossbar for Vernon’s first shot of the half.
As expected, Penticton came out strong to start the second half and tied it up in the first five minutes with an impressive shot in the top corner. Shortly after both teams survived a 10-minute hailstorm, Penticton was given a penalty shot on a tripping call and Epp pulled off a fantastic save by diving to her right.
In U12 girls play Sunday at Marshall Field, Vernon #1 iced Penticton 2-0 with Kendra Ostafie feeding Cayleigh Graham for the winner and Abby Hughes setting up Graham for insurance.
Vernon, coached by Michelle Hughes, then battled another Penticton entry to a scoreless draw. Keeper Caleb Pope was very strong in both games.
Vernon #2 beat Shuswap 6-0 and lost 2-1 to Penticton. Goals in the victory came from Ailish Curran, Emma Nesbitt, Alex Drury, Ashley Glinsbockel, Rowie Dunlop and Lexi Jones.
Curran, from Glinsbockel, recorded Vernon’s goal against Penticton. Keeper Madison Catt was solid in both games.
In U16 girls play Sunday, Vernon United clipped host Penticton 2-1 in wintry conditions.
Kate Alexander scored first after some passes from Tessa Coulthard and Danielle Butler. In the second half, Danielle Jackson, with a strong pass from Coulthard, made it 2-0. Rookie Janelle Cole proved to be a strong defensive addition and midfielder Dory Geelkerken made amazing passes.