Morning Star Staff
Bruising striker Mark Wasylyk pulled the hat trick as Turn-Key Controls Ogopogos ambushed the Rutland Spirit 6-3 Monday night at Beasley Park in Lake Country.
The Pogos clinched a spot in the Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League’s B side final Sunday, Oct. 4 in Penticton.
Duane Dennis and Roland Riedstra just missed the net on early Turn-Key chances before Rutland picked off a pass back to keeper Tim Clarke and opened the offence.
Moments later, Wasylyk headed a high pass from John Garner to level the score. Ian Bos of the Pogos accepted a high pass and his attempted header went wide. Dennis, taking a feed from Bryan Schenker, buried it top cheddar to make it 2-1.
Clarke made a superb save as he slid into the ball and held on shortly beforer Wasylyk sent a corker top shelf for a 3-1 Pogo lead. Crafty Rick Danyluk bent the ball into the net off a corner to make it 4-1 and then Dennis fired a pass from Riedstra inches over the crossbar.
Riedstra then got a chance off a Rutland goal kick that was deflected off Schenker’s foot for a one-time scorcher top corner.
However, Rutland came back to make the score 5-2 with a nifty arc over Clarke’s head and then made things interesting with a goal off a 25-yard crack.
Wasylyk, who was named the Colgate Man of the Match, then took a pass from Schenker to complete his hat trick.
Rutland’s keeper recorded several huge stops in the final 15 minutes with Turn-Key pressing hard.
Superb defensive play for Turn-Key was demonstrated by Ruben Cervantes and Shawn Wiebe.
In other B side action, the Rented Mules bounced Bosman Accounting of Vernon 5-2 at Marshall Field #2.
Bosman started with 10 players and played most of the second half with only nine.
After Mark Sladen was taken down, Henk Bosman converted the penalty kick. Late in the second half, centre back Dan Rogers converted a sweet header after a gorgeous free kick taken by Gerard Geelkerken. Gerson Betman and Sladen shared Vernon Topsport’s Man of the Match.
In the championship A category, Brown Benefits edged RPM Automotive 2-1 at Mission Sports Field #13.
The first half was very even with both teams pressing hard and going close on several occasions. In the second half, Browns began to press harder and were eventually rewarded at 70 minutes with a penalty when Lionel Hoffman was chopped in the box and subsequently limped off to go for an xray on his ankle.
Donny Brown stepped up and confidently slotted the PK past RPM keeper Marty Vincze, who had another stellar game.
RPM came back fighting and were rewarded on the 80-minute mark with a tap in opportunity for Jozsef Kimpian, after a fierce free kick from Roger Russell rebounded off Browns’ fill-in keeper Steve Nader.
Battting hard to retain top spot, Browns rallied one last time and on 88 minutes, Jim Kruiper calmly slotted home a Tony Gonzalez cross.
With only one game left in regular-season play it may well come down to goal difference between Browns and Penticton United to decide the league champions.
Penticton and the Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels didn’t play since the league failed to give notice of the make-up game to Camel manager Ron Krause, who was away on vacation. The league will rule on the foul-up soon.
The North Country Appraisals Kickers won 1-0 by default over the Silver Stars.
Sunshine Pools and Brandt’s Creek ran to a 4-4 draw at Mission #14.
Curtis Brown, Rick Ito, Andy Macdonnell and Scott Percival scored for Sunshine, while Keith Seager (2), Lars Martens and Chad Wardman handled the Pubbers’ offence.