It was a battle of two similar teams looking to gain traction in the North Okanagan Soccer League, and it resulted in a tightly contested affair Wednesday night on Marshall Field #2.
The Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels FC hung on for a 1-0 win over Turn-Key FC in the all-Vernon showdown.
Turn-Key, now 3-3, carried the play early with some stellar ball movement, but they had multiple through balls disrupted by the 4-2-1 Camels’ back line of Khiran O’Neill, Damian Adams, Keefery Joyce, Mike Barrajon and returnee Albert Goldnik.
When Turn-Key did break through, Camels’ goaltender Ryan Campbell was steady. He robbed Nolan’s Pharmasave Man of the Match Preston Tucker on a free kick that looked destined for the back of the net.
Campbell finished with several clutch saves and owned all the high balls to earn Browns Socialhouse Man of the Match.
Towards the end of the half, the Camels started making ground, and the even play carried into the second half where both teams created a few chances at goal.
Midway through the second half, Keenan Jespersen used his pace to outfox a Turn-Key defender in the box, but he was brought down clumsily. Up stepped Enzo Paal, who coolly slotted home the resulting penalty.
Turn-Key nearly earned the equalizer when a ball was fired goal-bound, but Joyce slid in to clear it off the line.
Concept Physio/Peters Tirecraft earned its first NOSL win of the season with a 1-0 decision over the last-place Salmon Arm Outlaws on Marshall #5.
Tirecraft, now 1-5-1, pushed hard against the Outlaws and generated many quality chances, but they squandered most of them on poor finishes at the end of some very good runs.
The winner came on a corner that Riley Strothers helped into the net.
The league-leading Salmon Arm Courvas thumped North Enderby Timber 3-0 on Marshall #1.
Despite a lacklustre first-half performance by NET (3-3), it was scoreless at the half thanks to an all-planet save by keeper Brent Poulsen, who made a diving two-pad stack on a Courvas striker who had a tap in on the goal line.
Courvas, who improved to 6-1, opened the scoring early in the second half after a cross to a player who tapped the ball in from inside the six. An miscommunication in NET’s end led to a Courvas breakaway for the second goal. A lucky deflection capped off the scoring.
Adam Marwood had a solid game on the timbermen back line.
The Revelstoke Stallions stopped the visiting Riot FC 3-1 with Luis Vasquez scoring for the Riot.
The match between Monashee Surveying (2-3-1) and Eagle Homes Nation of Domination (3-1-1) was rescheduled due to injuries and work commitments.