Morning Star Staff
Jasmine Whitling had her No. 1 fans on the sidelines Tuesday night at MacDonald Park.
And with her soccer-crazed father, Stu, turning 40-something, Jasmine delivered the symphony-like hat trick as the InfoNews.ca News Hounds ambushed the Ball Blasters 7-1.
Jasmine’s footy-loving mother, Deborah, was also lending support as the News Hounds improved to 3-0 in the North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association First Division.
Whitling – named game MVP – scored twice before the break and finished her hatty with a 25-yard corker in the dying minutes after taking a sweet feed from Tessa Coulthard.
Megan Prentice and Coulthard each pocketed a pair of goals.
Dayce Knopf gave the Blasters the early lead before the News Hounds found their groove. Vicki Schley earned Most Sportsmanlike Player for her refuse-to-surrender attitude.
The NET Celtics and the Kicksters ran to a 1-1 draw in other First Division play.
NET came out with some Arsenal like passing in the second half creating numerous scoring chances while the Kicksters’ defence ran in circles.
Ashley Krause, Lindsey Bolduc and Sam Adam were stars in the middle of the park all game long. The Celtics got on the scoreboard midway through the half off an Adam corner that Bolduc buried hard on a scramble. Jennifer Seigmueller was a rock on the NET back line.
In Masters play, the Chick Kickers dispatched the Courtesy Motors Sistas 5-1 at Marshall Field.
After some great chances and a missed penalty by the Chicks, the first half was scoreless.
The second half was much different with striker Dawn Ansdel starting things off with one of her classic runs down the right side, cutting to the middle through two defenders and cracking a left footer top cheddar.
That glorious goal inspired the rest of the Kickers and four other goals followed. Jenny Garnett finished a penalty of her own with authority, followed up a few minutes later with Jen Kemper feeding Mel Jacobs, who finished with a rocket from yardage.
Mel’s twin sister Holly then got into the stats with a great shot top shelf after receiving a fabulous feed from centre midfielder Lisa Lanaway.
Jen Kemper finished the night with another powerful shot after winding her way through three defenders and beating keeper Wendy Nadeau, named Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Player of the Game was central defender Stephanie (Silk Feet) Curtis in support of keeper Crystal Bergman.
Diane Neudorf and Andy Zubot enjoyed scoring attempts for the Sistas,
Danielle Sand sent a long free kick to the feet of Zubot, who converted with a low screamer.
Rosters Sports Club and Merlot ran to a scoreless draw in Salmon Arm.
Rosters’ superstar keeper Amanda Smiley ended the game with an Oscar-worthy save to top off another solid showing.
Defender Christine Beham earned Player of the Game, while Renee Cooke was awarded Most Sportsmanlike Player. Karinda McGaw kept the pressure on up front while Lisa Fugel and Denise Bateman kept things in control down the middle.
First-place Dr. Lee-Dental/Squires Four Pub-shut down the Controllers 4-0 at Marshall #3.
Jacquie Hansen timed a perfect run from a through ball from Irene Arrotta to put the floss crew up 1-0. Loren Brunelle got her first of the night with assists from Deanna Baker and Lori Shippy working as a cohesive team up front.
Andi King controlled the ball in the midfield and fed Baker a beauty to the corner and Baker converted a rocket to the corner for a 3-0 lead at the recess.
Brunelle – chosen Lady of the Match – connected in the second half, assisted by King. Lisa Arrotta posted her fourth consecutive shutout and there was great hustle on the forward line from calendar girl Tori Feser, Baker, Hansen and Shippy. Keeper Michelle Embleton was stellar.
Tara Murray, Emma Louie, and Amy Shupe delivered some lovely passing up the right side throughout the second half for scoring chances for the Controllers.
Salmon Arm Kaos tripped up VQA 3-1 at Marshall #2.
Uncatchable locomotive Leah (Good Wood) Willinger maintained her goal-a-game clip for the VQA (0-4).
Bobbi Jo Gordon lined up at fullback for the first time ever and then returned to net, releasing injured Carla Gibson.
Karen Benn came off the injury list and played keeper the opening 40 and then ran hard on defence the final half.
TED United of the Shuswap also went to 4-0 by holding off visiting Gray Monk Impact 2-0.
Jodi Hawthorne released an amazing shot on goal from the middle of the park that surely would have been the goal of the season, if not for the United keeper who tipped it over the top bar.
United scored once on a scramble and added insurance on a shot from a wicked angle.
Hawthorne took the Fitness West Lady of the Match, while a special shoutout went to the Impact back four, anchored by Christine Fraser.