Vernon United teammates Mason Christensen (left) and Evan Koshure sandwich Kelowna United’s Ali Holman in Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League girls U13 rep action Sunday at Marshall Field.

Vernon United teammates Mason Christensen (left) and Evan Koshure sandwich Kelowna United’s Ali Holman in Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League girls U13 rep action Sunday at Marshall Field.

United Under 15 boys break even

Vernon United broke even in Thompson Okanagan Under 16 Boys Rep Soccer League last weekend.

Morning Star Staff

Vernon United broke even in Thompson Okanagan Under 16 Boys Rep Soccer League last weekend.

United, coached by Mike Melbourne, brushed back Kelowna U15s 2-1 Saturday at MacDonald Park before losing to Penticton Pinnacles by the same score Sunday at the Singh Bowl in Kamloops.

Both games were dominated by 2-2-1 Vernon, who simply couldn’t finish as often as they wished.

Goals by Michael Williamson and Matt Kreutz, who both had several great attempts at net, paced Vernon Saturday.

The defence was solid, led by the masked marvel, Bryce Dyck, wearing Hannibal Lecter protection after breaking his nose in a high school rugby game.

“Outside midfielders Matt Kreutz and Cody Gilinsbockel were outstanding down the wings with lots of scoring chances being created with their speed,” said Melbourne, of Sunday’s loss.

“Newcomers Scott Coulthard and Isaac Poulton and veteran Brandon Melbourne played their best games of the year.”

In B.C. EA Sports Premier U13 boys play, TOFC lost 2-1 to Vancouver Fusion and lost 3-0 to Vancouver Mountain.

Dominating Sunday’s game versus the Fusion for long periods, TOFC got stellar play from Vernon’s Owen Miller and Kelowna’s Mitchell Sloan. Finn Plummer was the other Vernon player on the TOFC roster.

In Saturday’s loss in Kelowna, coach Peter Roberts said Miller, the team captain, was once again a “standout player for TOFC, covering and organizing his defence and trying to give some momentum to the attack.”

Vernon’s Ben Purvis also played for TOFC, getting called up from the United U13s.

United U11 #1 won a pair Sunday at Kings Park in Penticton, ambushing Shuswap 7-0 in a nooner and Kamloops Blaze White 5-0 in the afternoon thriller.

Game 1 showed great teamwork and was highlighted by a 60-yard Liam Reid goal. Zach Smith with a great flick-header goal, and Jack Cotter ran miles for the squad, with back-up goalkeeping duties shared ably by Joel Kongsdorf and Devin Hofsink.

In Game 2, United played hard against spirited Kamloops, with great passing from Luc Jones, Keegan Carmichael, and Dawson Martian.

Isaiah Ondrik (2), Kongsdorf, Lucas Shuch, on a great second effort, and Reid, again from long range, handled the offence. Hofsink and Saajan Klair sparkled on the back line to help regular keeper Kevin Morgan register another shutout. In six league games, the team has surrendered just three goals.

“The boys always play with great effort and have really started to control the ball and establish great passing attacks”, said United assistant coach James Cotter.

United U11 #2 also posted a double kill in Penticton, taking care of Kelowna B 5-1 and icing Kamloops B 6-1.

“This team has been practising hard and they were rewarded with their great attitudes and work ethic,” said coach John Glennon.

In the first game, Gavin Medema was rock-solid on the backline and Logan Quibel was magic in net. Liam Glennon worked tirelessly in the midfield and opened the scoring with a lovely corner kick mishandled by the Kelowna keeper.

Adam Bsat and Matt Reich were mighty on the wings and each scored their first goals of the year. Ben Morgan ran miles and got a lovely goal off a fantastic delivery from Maksim Chirkoff.

In the second game against Kamloops, Tysen Fairweather was brilliant on the wing and came up with two beauty goals.

Other goal scorers were Nate Paskiewich, Ben Morgan, Matt Reich and Kobe Grant, on a gorgerous breakaway after a fabulous feed by Glennon.

In U14 girls action, visiting Vernon and Penticton battled to a 2-2 draw Sunday.

Abbey Hughes, at the top of the 18 with a quick turn and a left-foot shot, opened the United attack. Their second goal came from a persistent and relentless Cayleigh Graham. Marina Dempsey made some great clutch saves.

Coach Michelle Hughes cited great play and hustle from Emma Nesbitt, Shayna Camalush, April Fletcher, Madison Findlay-Proctor and Emily Clarke.

United U16 girls and the Kamloops Blaze ran to a scoreless draw Sunday at the Singh Bowl #2 Centre.

Teigan Moore unleased some great shots, striking the crossbar and the post. United got firm play at the back by Mara McLaughlin and a terrific showing by keeper Julia Kemper.

United U13 girls battled to a scoreless draw with Kelowna United Sunday at Marshall Field #5.

The Vernon back four were almost flawless with center backs Lydia Lavigne and Maddy Smith flashing their usual consistency and outside backs Lailah Akkurt and Sydney Embelton turning in powerful performances. Keeper Shawna Bradley and midfielder Jordan Butler were superb.

United U12 #2 lost 3-0 to Kelowna White and fell 2-0 to Kelowna Black on a blustery Sunday at Marshall Field.

Vernon’s offensive unit of Jayden Strachan, Hannah Miller, Emily Thomas, Kelsey Falk, Lynley Gordon-Mason and Olivia McLennan came close with some near misses, while stand-in keepers Emily Sorochuck and Abby Williamson were troopers versus White.

In Game 2, United’s defence of Sydney Bergman, Elliana Gutknecht, Nadia Smith and Sienna Belanger-Lee battled tirelessly under Kelowna pressure. Player of the Match Elena Gaskell caused havoc all over the field.

United U11 #2 girls had a tough outing in cold and windy Kamloops, falling to Penticton 3-0 and Shuswap 4-0.

Solid efforts especially came from Sarah Troidl, Ashley Budgen and Greenley Schneider, who created several scoring chances .

United U11 #1 girls split their games, clipping Penticton 2-1 and then falling 1-0 to Kamloops.

Under the guidance of coach Felicia O’Gorman, Vernon started creating opportunities early in the game. Forwards Danica Ariano and Keira Correia worked well together supported by Kelsey Carriere in the midfield. Within minutes, Ariano blasted a shot off the post, signaling to Penticton they were in for a hard match.

Grace Atkins and Julia Thompson both narrowly missed excellent opportunities before the Pinnacles pressed for a solid shot which was saved by keeper Makena Kersey.

In the second half, Kersey continued her sweet play which encouraged Vernon to push harder. Carriere made several runs but was denied goals. She then intercepted a ball, skillfully dribbled through several defenders and scored a gem. Megan Sherwood pushed the ball to the end line, pulled it back and nailed a corker for Vernon’s second goal before Penticton countered.

In their afternoon game in biting winds, Ariano showed her mettle in net with aggressive challenges and superb saves. Grace Atkins and Emilia Durfeld both had healthy runs, while Carly Southam and Carriere played stingy defence in front of Olivia McLennan, who showed nerves of steel stopping a howitzer penalty shot.

United U11 #1 split their games in Kamloops, bouncing Kamloops Black 3-1 before losing 2-0 to Kelowna White.

Vernon started sluggish in Game 1 and the defence of Keeley Tiesen, Carly Larsen, Kenzie Kozure, Keiera Korberg and Callie Bertram shut down Kamloops until the girls picked up their level of play. Elena Friesen opened the scoring off of a nice crossing pass from Megan Claeys. Emily Bowden made a great run down the left side before feeding Claeys, who eventually hit Friesen at the far post.

Janelle Barnett picked the corner from 20 yards out off of a pass from Claeys to make it 2-0 just after half. Friesen ran down a loose ball and beat the keeper high to score her second of the game to make it 3-0. Kamloops applied serious pressure in the last 10 minutes and got one back. Two great stops from Summer Crosby preserved the victory.

In Game 2, Kelowna White, Rane Smith and Kate Earle ran miles up front putting pressure on the Kelowna defence. Sarah Stevenson and Emma Eggert clamped down the midfield and limited Kelowna’s chances. Crosby was again great in net and Barnett had a few near misses.

United U11 #1 split their games in Kamloops, bouncing Kamloops Black 3-1 before losing 2-0 to Kelowna White.

Vernon started sluggish in Game 1 and the defence of Keeley Tiesen, Carly Larsen, Kenzie Kozure, Keiera Korberg and Callie Bertram shut down Kamloops until the girls picked up their level of play. Elena Friesen opened the scoring off of a nice crossing pass from Megan Claeys. Emily Bowden made a great run down the left side before feeding Claeys, who eventually hit Friesen at the far post.

Janelle Barnett picked the corner from 20 yards off of a pass from Claeys to make it 2-0 just after half. Friesen ran down a loose ball and beat the keeper high for her second to make it 3-0. Two great stops from Summer Crosby sealed the win.

In Game 2 versus Kelowna White, Rane Smith and Kate Earle ran miles up front. Sarah Stevenson and Emma Eggert clamped down the midfield and limited Kelowna’s chances. Crosby was again great in net.