Vernon United brushed off the Penticton Pinnacles 3-1 in Thompson Okanagan Rep Soccer League Under 17 Girls action Sunday at Kings Park.
United grabbed the lead at 10 minutes on a great shot by Emma Tassie from 35 yards out over the Penticton keeper. Vernon was all over Penticton in the first half and went up 2-0 when Allana Young took a nice feed from Kali Wells and buried a strike from just outside the 18 into the top corner.
United lost midfielder Tessa Coulthard halfway through the first half with a suspected concussion. Kendall Tomiak and Megan Prentice were forces on the outside defence, keeping Penticton at bay in the second half. Keeper Chelsea Weigerber made some key saves to keep Penticton off the scoresheet.
In the 65th minute, Emma Byskov made a superb slide check, retrieved the ball and went in for a blast just inside the near post to complete Vernon’s scoring.
Penticton converted a penalty shot with one minute left.
U14 Girls slam Shuswap
In U14 Girls action, Brett Bandy’s crew came out strong and hungry for the ball in posting a 6-0 win over the Shuswap Selects Sunday at Marshall Field #2.
Maddie Laranjo scored off a long kick putting it just out of the keeper’s reach for her first of three goals.
Cayleigh Graham, who watched with glee the F.A. Cup win by Chelsea over Liverpool Saturday morning at Steve Fitzpatrick’s soccer den, scored off a beautiful cross from Reyhanna Akkurt for the 2-0 goal. Laranjo converted on a scramble and completed her hat trick on another lengthy kick before the half.
Akkurt clicked off her own rebound and Emilee Kronbauer scored off a mishandled ball by the keeper to finish the offence. Shuswap had zero shots on goal.
Cailin Correia controlled the midfield with precision and Kayci Lesosky was a warrior helping out on the attack.
Red crew stops U12s
In U12 Girls action Sunday at Marshall, Vernon #2 lost their first game 1-0 to Kelowna Red.
Shauna Bradley played great in goal, facing a bushel of shots. Lydia Lavigne was strong at central defender and Maya Splawinski played well at centre mid.
In the second game, United tied Penticton 2-2. Abbey Magnus scored the first goal off a corner kick scramble. Splawinski took the corner. Evan Koshure was stellar in the midfield.
Penticton scored off a rebound from a free kick. The wall stopped the shot but didn’t clear the rebound. Lavigne scored the second goal off a free kick from just outside the 18, driving it through the wall into the back of the net.
The backline of Brianne Johnston, Brianne Bertram, Lavigne, Olivia Weber Concannon and Emma Carter did a good job of limiting Penticton’s chances. Penticton tied it up late with a great shot to the top corner.
Vernon settles for draw
Vernon U12 Girls #1 had two exciting matches at Marshall Field, opening with a scoreless draw against Kamloops White. Maddy Smith dug deep to keep Kamloops from any scoring opportunities. Linnea Gallardo and Wynter Vanderveen scrambled to keep the ball out of the Vernon zone.
Delaney Tetrault held her own defending the United net. Jai Sidhu, Paige Latta, Alyssa Racine and Chelsea Rooseboonm worked well at pushing to goal.
Game 2 saw Vernon #1 bow 1-0 to Kamloops Blue on an early penalty shot. Smith, Lailah Akkurt and Sara MacGillivray hustled hard at the back, while Vernon’s offensive line kept it very exciting in the second half with multiple opportunities on goal.
Richey provides offence
In U11 Girls Development action, Vernon United #1 tied Kelowna United #1 2-2.
Kelowna scored first, but Vernon quickly answered with a sweet shot by Chloee Richey.
Keeper Hannah Miller denied Kelowna a second snipe as she tipped a long shot over the net just before the half. Early in the second, Elena Gaskell slotted one to put Vernon ahead. Second-half keeper Danica Ariano smothered several attempts by Kelowna, but was unable to contain a low, hard shot to the corner.
Late in the game, Grace Atkins was taken down on a run to the net. Megan Sherwood stepped up to take the free kick, narrowly missing the top corner. Solid defence by Laryssa Fletcher, Juanita Big Plume-Bonneau and Ashton Cashato helped thwart additional attacks by Kelowna.
Vernon’s second match against Penticton #1 ended in a scoreless draw, with end-to-end action throughout.
Smart defensive play by Gabrielle Triggs and Emily Thomas frustrated the Pinnacles as Vernon stepped up the intensity, driving to the net with strong runs by Olivia McClennan and Lynley Mason-Gordon.
United U11 Team #2 had two hard-fought matches against Kelowna teams, falling 4-1 in their Sunday opener.
Elliana Gutknecht scored early on an assist from Makena Kersey. Vernon’s keeper Nadia Smith recorded some great stops to hold Kelowna to one goal in the first half, with help from a strong defensive line of Carly Southam, Keira Correia and Emilia Durfield.
United lost 5-3 to a different Kelowna team in their second game as Hailey Yablonski and Talia Quiring took turns guarding the net. Quiring buried Vernon’s first goal, while Correia added two more. Strong positional play came from Smith, Kelsey Carriere, Julia Thompson, Kersey, Kiara Haydamack, Durfield and Southam.
U16 Boys bow to Blaze
The United U16 Boys fell 4-1 to the Kamloops Blaze Sunday afternoon at Marshall #5.
Dylan Towns put Vernon in the lead with a sizzling penalty kick midway through the first half. Vernon carried most of the play in the first half but ran into a hot keeper.
In the second half, the Blaze started to outpace thinly-numbered United and netted three unanswered tallies. Layne Greene, Brett Jewell and Nathan Barendregt were recalled from House on short notice and helped the short United bench with some engaging play.
United 13s stop Salmon Arm
The U13 Vernon United Boys stuffed Salmon Arm 6-2 Sunday morning at Marshall Field #2. Malcolm Wiens opened up the scoring at 15 minutes after Matt Jackson provided the through ball. Wiens beat the keeper to the far post from a sharp angle.
Charis Ondrik made it 2-0 only four minutes later after converting a Connor London corner. Ondrik settled the ball at the penalty spot and beat the keeper to the right side. Kenzel Aarts-Roman made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute after slotting home a Wiens’ cross. Aarts-Roman beat the keeper to the right from eight yards.
With only one minute left in the first half, Langdon Kersey finished off a goal-mouth scramble, giving Vernon a 4-0 lead. Elias Jensen recorded the first-half shutout and was replaced by Tiege Doughty in the second half after Doughty had a solid half up front.
Just three minutes into the restart, after intercepting an errant Salmon Arm pass, Jackson skillfully dribbled along the left end line and beat the keeper to the short side.
Wiens rounded out the scoring by pouncing on a loose ball after the keeper was unable to corral an Ondrik shot from 20 yards. Salmon Arm scored twice in the last four minutes, once on a penalty shot.
“It was a great effort by the entire team,” said Vernon coach Rolf Hirschkorn. “Defensively, we were strong and we also held the midfield.”
Owen Burnet, Sam Eggert, Connor London, Peter Hirschkorn, Morgan Nichols, Kevin Thibault and Jay Peterson all played well on the d-line, while Reed Cashato, Liam Hennig, Cameron MacKenzie and Wyatt Carter did a great job in midfield.
In U12 Boys league action, Vernon #1 stopped Kamloops Orange 3-1 before running to a 3-0 win over Penticton #2 at McArthur Island Sports Centre in Kamloops.
Perez Vermeulen earned Player of the Match with two goals against Kamloops. Alex Ogunbiyi also scored. Keeper Micah Martens was solid, losing his shutout bid in the dying seconds. Midfielder Joe Eggert and defender Zach Agar had superb showings for United.
Ogunbiyi pulled the hat trick, scoring two all-planet goals, to earn game MVP as United, coached by Kevin Mitchell, shut down Penticton.
Ogunbiyi recorded the goal of the season when he looped the ball over the right fullback, ran hard for about 15 feet and bent a rocket into the far corner to complete his hatty.
Defender Kody Kongsdorf and midfielders Owen Miller and Finn Plummer had brilliant games, while Dexter Weiten and Brett Hansen also displayed some nice touches. Nick Mitchell made a handful of stellar saves and watched defender Cody Webb clear a rebound ball off the line, for the shutout.
United #2 lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Penticton #1 before falling 4-1 to Kamloops Orange.
Penticton clicked in the first minute of the game which featured good back and forth play with Vernon getting some good chances for the equalizer.
Vernon started the second half with some solid cracks by Mika Burns, Ben Purvis and Braeden Cooper, each of them denied by a very good Penticton keeper.
United keeper Noah Schneider made a great save on a free kick by Penticton in the late going.
In Game 2, Roy Cooper’s troops started off applying strong pressure with their speed. Kamloops capitalized on their only two shots on net in the first half.
The Orange pulled ahead 3-0 early in the second half with a player left wide open in front of keeper Daniel Saunders. Kamloops added another tally before United were rewarded after Mika Burns capped a nice passing play with CJ Storey and Declan Stevenson.
The United U11 Boys #1 split a pair of games, defeating host Kelowna #1 4-1 and losing 5-2 to Kelowna #3.
Vernon played a high-pressure team game, with not one player letting his foot off the pedal and challenging the Kelowna attackers throughout the opening contest.
Strong midfield play came from Ty Ogasawara, Zack Smith, Joey Rodak and Hunter Housego and splendid defensive play was turned in by Gerritt Van Soest, Tanner Imbeau and Ian Oliphant.
Cole Johnson, Isaiah Ondrik and Joseph Neufeld handled the United offence, while keepers Tane Purcell and Noah Podolski were sharp against the previously unbeaten Kelowna boys.
In their second game, United came out a bit flat after an emotional Game 1 victory and fell behind 2-0 before getting their first goal. Ondrik and Podolski scored for United.
The U11 #2s toppled Revelstoke Red 6-3 and then lost 2-1 to Kelowna #2.
Liam Glennon scored twice, including a beauty over the wall on a free kick, and set up SheldonYakura for one goal, in the win. Zack Smith, Saajan Klair and Shaun Boucher also scored. Klair took a great pass from Boucher and ripped a shot off the crossbar before burying the rebound.