The Vernon United Under 13 and 14 girls recorded double wins in Thompson Okanagan Rep Soccer League last weekend.
The U13s, coached by Felicia O’Gorman and Jenness Moore, blanked the Kamloops Blaze 3-0 Sunday at Marshall Field #4 after stopping the host Shuswap Selects by the same count Saturday.
Vernon delivered all their goals in the first half against Kamloops. The first came off a Mira Szudek free kick which was skillfully re-directed into the top corner by Jayden Strachan.
Shortly after, Kelsey Falk hammered it top left after outpowering her defender. Great work along the defensive wings by Makena Kersey and Gabby Triggs kept turning the play back to Vernon’s midfield.
United’s third goal came on a great pass from Paige Noakes to Szudek, who streaked in alone and buried the shot deep.
Vernon keeper Hailey Yablonski cranked kicks deep to give Elena Gaskell and Falk many chances to add to the score. Dynamic defensive work by Carly Southam, Talia Quiring and Sydney Bergman preserved the shutout.
The U13s girls (3-1) got some great passing sequences from Danica Ariano, Emily Thomas and Kelsey Carriere with no luck in the first half Sunday.
Thomas was a force on the forward line, taking several spills, and was rewarded with the first goal early in the final half.
Megan Sherwood tirelessly worked the right side and put one in from deep in the Kamloops end that hit the left post and bounced in, making it 2-0.
Szudek added another insurance tally.
The undefeated U14 girls, coached by Al Gee and Lee Christensen, grounded Kamloops Orange 4-0 Sunday at Marshall #5 in possibly their best performance of the season.
The back line of Maddy Smith, Lydia Lavigne, Jordan Butler, Chelsea Rooseboom and Sydney Embleton were bold all day, while great distribution and wing play from the midfielders provided the United strikers with loads of uality scoring opportunities.
Goal scorers were Jai Sidhu (2), Ali Holman and Lydia Lavigne.
The coaches had praise for wingers Dannika Roy and Paige Latta, who were exceptional all weekend.
On Saturday, visiting Vernon ambushed Kamloops Blue 5-0.
Dannika Roy contributed two goals and was dangerous down the right flank all game. Other goal scorers were Alex Lockwood, with a great header off great service from Lavigne at the corner, Maja Splawinski and Mason Christensen.
Penticton equalized on a breakaway in the last minute of the first half and almost went ahead early in the second half but Jarred Jameson made a spectacular save.
Heavy pressure in the second half by Penticton gave Vernon’s defence of Joseph Neufeld, Shaun Boucher, Oliver Meyer and Ty Ogasawara a lot of work. The Pinnacles netted the winner late in the half.
In Sunday’s tilt, Kelowna registered the only goal just before the half after a header by Nick Purvis sailed just wide, Christensen put a corner just over the bar and Tkachuk struck the crossbar on a free kick.
United boys U12 team #2 ambushed Kamloops Blue 6-1 and held off Kelowna White 2-1.
Vernon spotted Kamloops the lead before getting two goals from Liam Glennon, including one bar-down bullet.
In the second half, Glennon, with his fourth hat-trick of the season, Ben Morgan, Kobe Grant and Keegan Carmichael produced goals.
Vernon’s defence was anchored by Dawson Martian, Kaden Funk and Luke Jones. Man of the Match was Ben Lesyk with non-stop pressure.
United was determined to turn in a better showing against Kelowna White since the last time they met in the Icebreaker Tournament Easter Weekend.
Brodie Fraser, Carmichael and Grant set the tone with tremendous high ball pressure while ruling the midfield.
Glennon opened the scoring two minutes in, followed by another goal by Lesyk shortly after. Vernon had to dig deep in the second half to stop an assault of counterattacks.
Kelowna came out with an aggressive attacking formation, however Gavin Medema, Liam Reid, Morgan, Tysen Fairweather and Lucas Schuch were fantastic in defense. Kelowna scored with about five minutes remaining.
Stellar goalkeeping came from Man of the Match Logan Quibel.
“It was probably the best overall effort we have seen this year, and the mental toughness to find a way to win was great to witness,” said co-coach Calvin Reich.
Vernon boys U12 Team #1 had trouble finishing as they dropped identical 2-1 close battles to Kelowna.
Isaiah Ondrik and Man of the Match Aiden Skinner created multiple scoring chances in the first game, with Skinner finally connecting with 10 minutes remaining to close the gap.
Saajan Klair and Ben Imrich ran miles, and Jack Cotter played a strong midfield role all morning.
In the afternoon tilt, Man of the Match Ondrik opened the scoring with a bar-down shot that surprised the keeper.
Kelowna took over possession for 20 minutes and countered with two goals, before the Vernon boys regained control of the midfield.
Scoring chances were everywhere, with Ondrik, Klair, and Wiliam Oordt-Bosman all having stellar chances.
Josh Mckeown created numerous scoring chances down the left wing, and late in the game, James Meeks just missed a tying header after a nice run.
Max Chirkoff and Hayden Cott anchored the defence in front of superb keeper Kevin Morgan.