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Weekend success for Vernon junior soccer teams

Tolko Vernon United play Shuswap, Kelowna teams
The Vernon United Tolko U11 boys team went 1-1 over the weekend (Contributed).

Four junior soccer teams from Tolko Vernon United FC competed over the weekend, with three picking up victories.

The U15 boys played the SYSA Shuswap FC at home on Sunday. Enrique Noriega Calderon led the team with a hat trick, as they won 4-1. Captain Ricardo Barrios also chipped in with a goal, while midfielders Luke Platje and Sam Bunn helped to provide great defence.

The U11 girls team grabbed two wins, both by a 3-2 score. Isla Manger sniped three top corner goals from three long range free kick attempts in the victories over the Kamloops Blaze and West Kelowna Lakers. Sadie Allan scored in both games. In the net, Aila Redfern didn’t allow a goal through her two halves of play, in the absence of star goalie Hailey Wilson.

The U12 boys team had two games on Sunday. The first was a humbling 8-2 defeat at the hands of OFC Academy from Kelowna. Vernon would rebound in the afternoon with a 3-3 draw to Shuswap FC 1. Logan Cabrel nabbed three goals on the day while Christian Melanson and Max Helm also found the score sheet.

Finally, the U11 boys finished up their weekend with a 2-1 victory, after losing their first game 8-0 to OFC Exelsior. Leo Markson and Kyan Massa found the back of the net for Vernon.

All teams compete as a part of the North Okanagan Youth Soccer Association. More information on the club can be found at

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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