United boys golden

The Vernon United U14 Boys rep team went 3-0-1 to strike gold in the inaugural North Vancouver F.C. Invitational Soccer Tournament last weekend.

United shelled the host North Vancouver Flames 8-0 in Sunday afternoon’s final of the round-robin tournament. Slick Michael Williamson scored three times, while Kody Glinsbockel, Ryan Killingsworth, Cameron Hitch, Cole Woodliffe and Liam Ross supplied singles.

The Vernon boys, coached by Chelsea supporter Mike Melbourne, opened with a 1-1 tie with the Wesburn Storm of Burnaby.

Wesburn controlled the match in the first half, but were unable to put one past goalkeeper Cole Shoemaker. In the second half, the Storm scored early on a hard shot from just inside the box, but United equalized with just 15 minutes left on a header from defender Jorden Dewing.

Vernon dominated the last 10 minutes pressing for the winner.

In their Saturday afternoon match, United brushed off Coquitlam Metro Impact 4-1 in a steady downpour at the Sutherland Turf field.

Woodliffe, a midfielder, scored in the fifth minute and just minutes later, striker Michael Williamson outran an Impact defender and rolled one past the keeper to me it 2-0.

Lucas Ross sent a corner into the Coquitlam penalty area only to have an Impact defender knock the ball into his own net midway through the second half. Coquitlam spoiled Shoemaker’s shutout bid with about 12 minutes to go, but Vernon responded quickly with a goal from Liam Ross.

On Sunday morning, United bounced their league rival Kamloops Blaze 5-0.

Vernon scored early and often with Hitch, on a great cross from Killingsworth, jumpstarting things in the second minute.

Zac Kronbauer, Williamson and Woodliffe also scored in the first half to put United up 4-0 at the break. Hitch rounded out the scoring on a penalty kick with 10 minutes left after a Kamloops defender handled the ball.

United, who outscored their opponents 18-2, received strong defensive play from Shayne Groeneveld, Bryce Dyck, Jason Reich, Chase Larsen and Dewing. Brandon Melbourne and Isaiah Wenger played well in the midfield.

Vernon opens their regular season Sunday, April 3 at Marshall Field against the Blaze.

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