Vernon squads blanked

Both Vernon entries in the Okanagan Oldtimers 50+ Soccer League suffered shutout losses Thursday night.

Both Vernon entries in the Okanagan Oldtimers 50+ Soccer League suffered shutout losses Thursday night.

The Kelowna Kickers brushed back Kal Tire 2-0 at Marshall Field #3, while the shortstaffed Silver Stars were ambushed 7-0 by Penticton Pinnacles at Mission Sports Fields in Kelowna.

Striker Matt McGowan was left unmarked and headed in a cross by Sammy Muldiar to give Kelowna the lead in the 35th minute.

The Kickers went up by a deuce early in the second half when Tommy Kilmartin cracked a shot just under the crossbar after a feed from Mike Francis.

Kal Tire (7-10-3) had a few chances in the first half when Jenne Huberts and Rob Parkin just missed on headers after stellar corners by midfielder Jim Sparrow.

The Tiremen buzzed around the Kickers’ net in the second half and failed to score on a couple of scrambles. Parkin, who helped the Okanagan zone strike gold in men’s 55 soccer at the recent B.C. Senior Games, earned the Eastside Mario’s Man of the Match.

The Stars played with just 10 men against the powerful Pinnacles and dipped to 13-5-2.

Defender-turned-keeper Glen Stephanishin stopped a penalty kick and made a handful of spectacular saves to keep the Pinnacles out of double figures, and earn the Longhorn Pub Man of the Match.