Vernon United (striped jerseys) and Penticton Pinnacles players battle for a high ball in Thompson Okanagan Under 17 Girls Rep Soccer League action Sunday at Marshall Field.

Vernon United (striped jerseys) and Penticton Pinnacles players battle for a high ball in Thompson Okanagan Under 17 Girls Rep Soccer League action Sunday at Marshall Field.

United plucks Under 15 Girls pennant

Vernon United claims Under 15 Girls regular-season TOYSL title.

Vernon United clinched first place in the Thompson Okanagan Under 15 Girls Rep Soccer League with a convincing 4-1 victory over Kelowna United Sunday at Parkinson Field #8.

A Tiegan Moore corner caused massive chaos and confusion in the Kelowna penalty area before AJ Jacura poked it home from five yards out.

Later, Tamara Andronik fed Hannah Love who found the Kelowna defence napping and went uncontested from 35 yards to calmly make it 2-0.

Before the Vernon supporters could settle in their lawn chairs, Vernon stuck again in the 30th minute. Moore applied her Ronaldo-type free kick to make it 3-0 causing moans and groans from the hometown faithful.

Kelowna was rewarded at the end of the first half when a spirited run down the left side produced a cross which was directed into the net.

The second half produced a lively cross from Jacura which caused a fire drill to break out in the Kelowna backline before outside half Riley Martian found the target to complete the offence.

Vernon’s back line strongly supported keeper Julia Kemper in thwarting various attacks and keeping possession of the ball.

John Hughes’ squad go into the playdowns as the No. 1 seed, getting a bye into Sunday’s final at Kings Park in Penticton.

Byskov buries late winner

Striker Emma Byskov scored in the 89th minute as Vernon clipped Penticton Pinnacles 1-0 in U17 Girls Rep play Sunday at Marshall Field #4.

Byskov blasted a shot from just inside the 18 in a game which went back and forth. Cathy Lukey recorded the shutout. The U17s open the playdowns Thursday night at Marshall Field versus the Pinnacles. Game 2 goes Sunday in Penticton.

Graham nods in clutch goal

In U14 Girls action Sunday, Vernon shaded host Shuswap 1-0 in a match that was scoreless after a very passionate half by both teams.

Vernon came out far more focused and tightened up their play in the second half, coming close at converting after some great passing plays and individual efforts by Maddie Laranjo, Reyhanna Akkurt and Emilee Kronbauer.

Eventually United broke through off a professional-grade corner by Alexa Tymkiw, who delivered the ball in front of Cayleigh Graham for a very brave and well-placed header.

Vernon didn’t let up and finished the game in Shuswap’s end, completely outworking them for several more scoring chances

Defender Tymkiw had a strong presence making calm plays, while Jordynne Tomiak played smart, was very vocal and stymied any push from Shuswap.

“It was great to see the girls come alive in the second half and finish with a win going into the playdowns,” said United coach Brett Bandy.

In U13 Girls play, Michelle Hughes’ crew ambushed Shuswap 6-1 Saturday to set up a re-match in the playdowns Saturday at 4 p.m. at Kings Park.

U11 Girls record split

United #2 split a pair of U11 Girls game, brushing back Penticton #1 5-3 after falling 4-0 to Kelowna #2 at Marshall.

Lynley Gordon-Mason and Talia Quiring were standouts on offence, but Kelowna scored three unanswered goals late in the first half. Kiara Haydamack, Laryssa Fletcher and Julia Thompson were forces in the second half holding Kelowna to just one goal.

In Game 2, United took charge as Danica Ariano set up Megan Sherwood who scored from deep on the left side.

Outstanding tackles by Gabrielle Triggs moved the ball up the field for Paige Noakes who put one high past the keeper. Juanita-Jean Big Plume-Bonneau kept the pressure on the Pinnacles’ midfield resulting in a breakaway for Ariano, making it 3-0 United.

Early in the second half, United’s Elliana Gutknecht took advantage of a loose ball making it 4-0 before Penticton rebounded with three quick goals. Keeper Ashton Cashato found Makena Kersey midfield and Kersey relayed to Keira Correia for United’s last goal.

The United U16 Boys lost 4-1 to Kelowna despite hemming the hosts in for most of the opening half.

Vernon hit the crossbar twice, once on a beautiful boot from Matthew Roberts. Vernon’s goal was initiated by a precision forward pass from Naten Gatenby to Layne Greene, who buried a soft, low corner shot.

There were several fine passing plays by Vernon right down to the last minute but the Kelowna defence shut them down repeatedly. Wade Buller played a tremendous game on defence as did Dylan Towns at midfield.

The U15 Boys bowed 2-0 to Kamloops Sunday at Marshall to complete league play. Mike Melbourne’s team faces host Penticton in the semifnals Saturday.

Wenger goes big for U12 Boys

In U12 Boys Rep play, Vernon #1 edged the Kamloops Blaze White 2-1 after bowing 3-0 to Kelowna United #1 at McArthur Island Park in Kamloops.

With just two subs, United started off with some great chances by Seb Wenger and Drayden Dougan, while keeper Nick Mitchell made some great saves at the other end.

Kelowna connected in the 20th minute on a hard shot to the bottom far corner and then- shortly before the end of the first half, they grabbed a turnover and tapped in a rebound off Mitchell to move ahead 2-0.

Kelowna was the first team to the ball in the second half, and Vernon’s defence, anchored by a relentless Declan Stevenson, and Mitchell withstood a steady Kelowna attack until the late minutes.

Vernon had a few chances and a free kick by Alex Ogunbiyi sailed just over the net, missing by inches. Stevenson took Man of the Match. Bolstered by three club players who had just played two games, United held on to beat the Blaze in the hot sun.

Johnson jumpstarts U11 Boys

The U11 United #1 Boys edged the Kamloops Blaze Orange 3-2 and dusted off host Revelstoke 2-1 Sunday at Centennial Park, capping an undefeated season.

United started quick versus Kamloops with a four-way passing play started by Noah Podolski to Ty Ogasawara, who pushed one through to Cole Johnson, who in turn found Isaiah Ondrik open for Vernon’s first snipe of the day.

United supported some superb goalkeeping by Tane Purcell when Johnson picked off a goal kick and promptly returned the volley into the net from inside the Kamloops midfield point with an impressive strike.

Vernon’s strong defensive unit consisting of Hunter Housego, Gerritt Van Soest, Ian Oliphant and Tanner Imbeau limited the Blaze chances. Joseph Neufeld provided Vernon’s third tally on a pass from Purcell that he blasted to the corner.

Podolski played the second half in goal while Purcell made his presence felt playing forward with several glorious unrewarded chances. The Kamloops boys played hard to the end and came close to levelling the score but were denied by Podolski who stretched out his lanky frame punching out a ball labeled for the corner.

The United boys showcased their strong team play and passing game to stop Revelstoke, whose keeper was peppered all afternoon.

“Our passing and support game was evident,” said United coach Rick Ogasawara, “The boys have learned a lot and are being rewarded for their focus in practice.”

Vernon opened the spirited contest on a goal by Ondrik, who pumped the rebound in off a shot by Purcell. Vernon dominated the play but Revelstoke equalized before the half.

The second half became a chippy affair as the referee put away the whistle and let the kids battle.

Vernon kept the pressure on and put the game away on a goal by Johnson. Notable efforts came from Housego, Van Soest, Oliphant, and Imbeau supporting the defensive battle and pursuing the offensive attack from the back end.

Neufeld earned several chances to score with his speed and ball pursuit, while Ogasawara was impressive with his midfield play and ball pursuit.