Vernon’s Erin Sakamoto (right) battles a Penticton  Pinnacle for a loose ball Sunday at Marshall Field.

Vernon’s Erin Sakamoto (right) battles a Penticton Pinnacle for a loose ball Sunday at Marshall Field.

United U14s stretch streak

The Vernon United U14 Boys defeated the Kamloops Blaze Blue U13A’s 5-2 in Thompson Okanagan Rep Soccer League action Sunday morning at McArthur Island Sports Centre in Kamloops.

The Vernon United U14 Boys defeated the Kamloops Blaze Blue U13A’s 5-2 in Thompson Okanagan Rep Soccer League action Sunday morning at McArthur Island Sports Centre in Kamloops.

United, coached by Mike Melbourne, are undefeated through nine games this season.

Zac Kronbauer, from Ryan Killingsworth and Shayne Groeneveld, opened the United scoring in the second minute.

Lucas Ross scored just six minutes later to make it 2-0, but Kamloops was able to beat United keeper Cole Shoemaker with just a few minutes left  in the first half.

The second half started much like the first with Kronbauer potting his second goal just two minutes in with assists going to Cameron Hitch and Isaiah Wenger.

Cole Woodliffe, from Kronbauer and Ross, converted 13 minutes later to make it 4-1, but the feisty Blaze pulled to within a deuce.

Kronbauer, with his hat trick goal, rounded out the scoring with just a few minutes left.

The U12 Boys Rep Development Silver Star Mountain Lions #2 tied 1-1 with the Kamloops Blaze Sunday at Marshall Field.

Kamloops started off strong with a lot of pressure with Vernon keeper Aaron Botterill making a few clutch saves in tight.

Said Lions’ coach Will Wiens: “We did not start that strong and aggressive, so we almost got in trouble, but things changed halfway in the first half when we woke up and started attacking more.”

In the 20th minute, central defender Connor Marritt sentstriker Malcolm Wiens in with a sweet long pass over the Kamloops defence. Wiens controlled the ball and came eye to eye with the Kamloops keeper, showing clinical finish in the low, right corner.

Vernon had more odd-man chances in the remaining minutes of the first half. Kamloops equalized on a corner at the end of the first half.

The Lions also came out better in the second half with chances for right midfielder Josh Hyer with a long shot from 15 yards out which went inches from the post, a header by Elias Jensen on a corner from Owen Burnet which just went wide as well, and a shot from Christopher Richardson which was stopped by the Kamloops keeper.

“We had our chances to win this game and we could have done it in the first half by scoring one or two extra goals, but in the end this was a result that we could live with,” said Wiens, who added that defenders Liam Hennig and Wyatt Carter played great games, but MVP was Marritt, who had total control of the defence as a sweeper.

The U12 Rep Development Silver Star Mountain Lions #1 had their two-game undefeated streak snapped Sunday afternoon at Marshall Field, losing 2-0 to Kelowna United.

“We started out a little shaky but after the first five minutes we got our heads into the game,” said Lions’ coach Rolf Hirschkorn.

The Mountain Lions had a great chance to take the lead in the ninth minute when defender Charis Ondrik unleashed a vicious shot from 20 yards off the cross bar.  Jared Quibell gathered up the rebound, but again was denied by the metal work.

The Stars came close again in the 15th minute, when striker Matt Kowalski gathered up a Langdon Kersey cross and just put the ball wide of the far post.  Mees Geelkerken and Connor London dominated the midfield in the first half, leading several Vernon attacks.

With less than 30 seconds left in the first half, Kelowna capitalized on one of only a handful of chances, scoring on a goal-mouth scramble to lead 1-0 at the half.

“It was unfortunate to let that one in as it was going against the flow of play,” said Hirschkorn.

The Mountain Lions kept Kelowna in their end for most of the second half, with strong play from Peter Hirschkorn, Reece Schroeder and Sam Eggert on defence. In the midfield, Kersey and Wilson Stewart kept passes going up front.

Kelowna clicked with less than five minutes left, scoring off a corner. Keeper Shane Pelkey stopped several close-range shots.

In U11 Boys Development action Sunday at McArthur Island Sports Centre in Kamloops, Vernon United #2 toppled Kamloops Blaze Orange 6-1 before clipping the Blaze Blue 4-3.

Joe Eggert opened United’s offence versus the Orange in the seventh minute off a feed by Braydie Allan. Leon Schenker then converted a pass from Finn Plummer.

Allan sent a gorgeous 15-yard header to game MVP speedster Ben Purvis, who blasted it home to make it 3-0.

Perez Vermeulen recorded United’s fourth goal on a nice cross from Chris Atkins, while Purvis buried a hard blast on a cross by Eggert, for the 5-0 goal. Vermeulen, from Schenker, completed the offence in front of Dylan Huber, who lost his shutout bid in the dying minutes.

United spotted the Blaze Blue an early lead off a dandy left-footed corner goal before grabbing a 4-1 lead and surrendering two late goals.

Schenker, who earned Man of the Match, showed great determination and strength when he picked off an errant clearing pass, outmuscled two defenders and went low right side, to equalize late in the opening half.

Nick Mitchell celebrated his 11th birthday a day early when he took a Schenker pass and found net from 10 yards out to put United up 2-1. Vermeulen then gave United a two-goal cushion on a sensational solo effort, after a feed by Schenker.

Schenker finished the Vernon offence on a nice run after taking a pass from Cody Webb. Huber recorded several huge saves and defenders Zach Agar and Aiden Rysen ran miles.

“The passing and marking skills shown by these wonderful youngsters is pretty to watch,” said United coach Kevin Mitchell. “They get better by the minute.”

United #1 split a pair of games with Kelowna teams in Kamloops, opening with a 2-1 win over Kelowna #2 Sunday morning.

Alex Oguunbiyi scored United’s first goal, while  Braeden Cooper’s shot ended up an own goal when Kelowna`s attempt to head ball out of the zone went in their own net for the winner.

Man of the Match was centre defender Owen Miller, who was a rock all game. Adam Raber and Daniel Smith were solid in net.

United then bowed 3-1 to Kelowna #3 with Oguunbiyi scoring and pitbull Jarrod Latta earning Man of the Match from coach Rick Raber for fabulous defensive play.

Vernon United U13 Boys, coached by Joe Gourdine and Neil Blundell, lost a 5-1 exhibition game to Prince George Sunday in Kamloops.

Vernon fell behind quickly as Prince George capitalized on a penalty kick in the first 10 minutes. U

United keeper Austin White guessed right and almost made a spectacular diving save but the ball slid off his fingertips into the back of the net.

Prince George then pulled ahead 2-0 on a slick pass and nice finish by their big striker. Before the break, Vernon cut the score in half when Nick Klymchyk made a strong throw-in through a seam in Prince George’s defence and speedy striker Cole Benjaminsen broke through and made no mistake on his scoring opportunity.

In the second half, Vernon’s defence was put under constant pressure by several through balls and the strength of Prince George’s strikers.

Midfielder Dane Carriere and forward Billy Cawthorn ran miles iand stalwart defensive back Troy Atkinson had a strong game.