The Vernon United ambushed Revelstoke 6-1 in Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League U15 Boys action Sunday afternoon at Marshall Field #5.
Liam Ross opened the scoring at 25 minutes on a great through ball from Zac Kronbauer. Cole Woodliffe doubled the lead just five minutes later on a sharp passing play involving Kronbauer and Shayne Groeneveld.
In the second half, United came out strong and peppered the Revelstoke keeper with a number of bullet-like shots. Woodliffe popped his second goal in the 60th minute after a long throw-in from defender Jorden Dewing.
Bryce Dyck, from Kronbauer, scored seven minutes later to put Vernon up 4-0, but Revelstoke responded just four minutes later to ruin Jeff Hiscoe’s shutout bid.
The Vernon boys, coached by Mike Melbourne and Terry Eddy, kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a goal by Matthew Kreutz with just 10 minutes left. Woodliffe, with his hat-trick snipe, rounded out the scoring three minutes later.
U13 Boys tie Kamloops
Vernon U13 United tied the Kamloops Blaze 1-1 at Marshall #5 Sunday afternoon.
Kamloops jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute after a goal-mouth scramble. Minutes later, it looked like the Blaze were going to make it 2-0, but a last-second slide tackle from United defender Peter Hirschkorn denied the Kamloops forward an easy tap-in goal.
With about 17 minutes left, Reed Cashato evened the score with a shot from 10 yards out, beating the Kamloops keeper to the right corner. Wyatt Carter had a chance to give Vernon the lead with five minutes left, but his shot just went over the crossbar.
“It was a good game for the boys. They played hard and deserved the result,” said Vernon coach Rolf Hirschkorn.
Sam Eggert, Jay Peterson and Owen Burnet also had strong games on defence, while Elias Jensen did an outstanding job in goal. Charis Ondrik and Cashato were a force in the midfield.
“The boys are starting to gel as a unit, but we still have things to work out,” said Hirschkorn. “However, it was a positive result for us and something to build on.”
Under 12s earns weekend split
In U12 Boys play, Vernon United #1 bowed 8-1 to powerful Kelowna #2 before doubling Kelowna #1 4-2 at Martin Avenue Park.
Coach Kevin Mitchell cited Kody Kongsdorf as Player of the Match in the opener for hustling defensive play. Alex Ogunbiyi found the top shelf on a gorgeous direct free kick from 18 yards out for the Vernon goal.
Owen Miller controlled the middle of the field to earn Player of the Match in Vernon’s win. Miller lobbed a pass over a defender to Perez Vermeulen for United’s opening goal.
Roadrunner Drayden Dougan made it 2-0 United after taking a long throw-in by Miller before Kelowna converted just before the half.
Miller buried a hard, long-range shot shortly after Kelowna equalized, while Vermeulen added insurance after Finn Plummer dribbled down the left side and crossed the ball into the middle. Nick Mitchell and Micah Martens were both solid in net.
United #2 U12s also split with the Kelowna teams, winning 6-1 over Kelowna #1 before bowing 7-1 to Kelowna #2.
CJ Storey headed in a corner by Game MVP Ben Purvis in the opening minutes of Vernon’s win under substitute head coach Rick Raber.
Storey and Mika Burns then worked the ball around to Purvis for the 2-0 goal before Burns netted a beauty top shelf, after some great foot work by Purvis and a pass to Noah Schneider who fed Burns.
Purvis rounded out the first-half offence with a sweet shot. United keeper Daniel Saunders was steady.
Braeden Cooper and Schneider played give-and-go down the wing before setting up Declan Stevenson for the 5-0 tally before Kelowna replied.
Vernon finished with some good work on the wing by Chris Atkins, who parlayed a pass to Purvis for the final goal.
United’s defence of Adam Raber, Jarrod Latta, Steven Benischek, Stevenson and Atkins kept their zone trouble free for most of the game.
In Game 2, the very fast and skilled Kelowna boys opened the scoring with Vernon answering with some great chances, but Kelowna pulled ahead 3-0 by the end of the first half despite some great goalkeeping by Saunders.
Kelowna scored twice in the first minutes of the second half to extend their lead to 5-0 before Storey capitalized on a misplayed ball by the Kelowna keeper with a looper. Burns was Player of the Match.
United #1 stops Kelowna
The U11 Boys United #1 team, coached by Rick Ogasawara, hung on for a 1-0 victory over Kelowna Sunday at Marshall Field.
Vernon scored early due to a strong offensive performance by Joseph Neufeld, supported with great hustle by Cole Johnson, Zack Laranjo and Ty Ogasawara. Isaiah Ondrik’s dribbling and passing skills provided several other scoring opportunities.
Noah Podolski and Tane Purcell shared the shutout, deflecting several strong Kelowna shots and remaining cool when the pressure was on. Joey Rodak demonstrated strong midfield skills, speedster Hunter Housego kept frustrating the Kelowna midfielders with his steals and Tanner Wiebe endlessly denied the Kelowna strikers, saving a potential goal in the late going.
The tough United defenders Gerritt Van Soest and Ian Oliphant worked hard and moved the ball up the field.
Under 14 Girls blank Blaze
In U14 Girls play, Vernon bounced the Kamloops Blaze 2-0 Sunday morning at Marshall #2.
Vernon came out hard making smart plays and struck a post before Emilee Kronbauer put one over the net after a nifty cross by Reyhanna Akkur.
Vernon, while controlling most of the play, scored for good in the second half when Akkurt showed a gutsy effort to beat the keeper to the ball and headed it in as the keeper fell to the ground. Shortly after, Victoria Grahn scored off a long, bouncing shot which confused the Blaze keeper.
Vernon came in waves of pressure and consistently beat Kamloops to the ball with Kronbauer finishing with two hit posts. Anna Rice had a solid effort with some intelligent decisions.
In U15 Girls play, Vernon battled Kamloops to a scoreless draw at Marshall #4 with Julia Kemper recording the shutout.
“We had lots of chances but couldn’t put one in the net,” said United coach Michelle Hughes.
Vernon clipped Kamloops 1-0 in U13 Girls play with Kendra Ostafie earning the shutout at Marshall Field.
Emma Nesbitt supplied the goal after a scramble in front of the net. United played a strong positional game.
Vernon rallies against Red
In U13 Girls play at MacArthur Island Park in Kamloops, Vernon #1 rallied for a 3-3 draw with Kelowna Red after falling 2-0 to Kamloops Orange.
Kelowna took a 3-0 lead into the break but Vernon fought back and started the second half with a goal by Alyssa Racine, assisted by Paige Latta. Latta came back quickly to score again with an accurate kick from the left wing that sailed into the corner (she didn’t even realize she had scored). Wynter Vanderveen added the late equalizer.
In their opener, Vernon gave up an early penalty-shot goal to Kamloops, who added an insurance tally in the final minute of the game. Keeper Linnea Gallardo was solid for United.
Vernon #2 bowed 2-0 to Kelowna White and 2-0 to Kamloops White.
Against Kelowna, Maya Splawinski was stellar at centre midfield, Danika Roy was strong at forward, creating chances with her speed, Sierra Young was tireless and Shauna Bradley was great in net.
The team as a whole are beginning to learn how to play positional soccer, especially the defence. Mason Christensen was strong at centre back, while Olivia Weber Concannon, Evan Koshure and Brianne Bertram were able to limit Kamloops’ chances by challenging every loose ball and covering for one another. Keeper Shauna Bradley was sharp when tested.
Vernon’s U11 Girls United #1 played a hard-fought match in a 3-0 loss to Kelowna. Each United #1 player showed excellent positional play and great sportsmanship. There was clutch efforts from defender Elliana Gutnecht and midfielders Chloee Richey and Mia Dougan.