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Straight stars in Kal Tire win
Vernon Kal Tire brushed back Lake Country Fire Ballers 2-1 in Kelowna Men’s 35+ Soccer League action Monday night at Marshall Field #2.
The tiremen improved to 11-4 with one game left in the regular season. Lake Country dipped to 7-7-1.
Kal Tire’s first goal came when Geoff Straight started a run up the left side, beat a defender and then hit Jesse Knight, who returned the ball. Straight found Knight again and he repeated the return deep in the zone. Straight found returning forward Kris Yargeau, who had an easy one-time into the back of the net.
In the second half, Straight danced around a couple of defenders and made a great move to free up for an easy finish.
Lake Country came back by flooding the 18-yard box and having an open man who put the ball in the net. Both teams had a couple of chances in the final 25 minutes. Coach and former all-star keeper Kai Tolpinrud praised the performance of current keeper Chris Bader. Kal Tire finishes against Freeport Industries at Mission Park Monday night.
Meanwhile, the eighth and final playoff spot in the Capri Insurance Soccer League won’t be determined until the final games in two weeks.
Big O Tire/Turn-Key Controls Ogopogos and Bosman Accounting, both of Vernon, and RPM Automotive and Pushor Mitchell, both of Kelowna, all won Monday night to make it a four-team race for the last post-season berth.
The Ogopogos got balanced scoring as they stuffed Cantinas Taco Time 4-0 at Parkinson Creek Field.
Bryan Schenker recorded two incredible passes which gave the 6-9-1 Pogos a 2-0 lead, one a perfect square pass to Nolan Clark sitting alone at the 18 for a sweet shot under the bar, and the second a surprised back-heel pass to a breaking soon-to-be-married Ruben Cerventes, who buried a low shot into the corner, in front of his visiting Mexican family members.
Later, Mark Wasylyk scored when the keeper took a goal kick right at him, bouncing off Wasylyk’s ripped chest into the net. Later in the second half, roadrunner Roland Riedstra continued his scoring ways and converted a nice header off a corner by Cerventes.
Ogopogo keeper Bryan Cope played a strong aggressive game, making key saves and putting great booming kicks down the field. Central fullback Shawn Wiebe was marvellous.
Bosman Accounting stayed even with Big O in ninth place by grounding eighth-place Brandt’s Creek 5-2 at Parkinson #9.
Speedy winger James Cotter scored twice to earn the Burger King Man of the Match, singles going to Rob Ross, Laurent Dansereau and Remco Wijnhorst.
Dansereau opened the offence in the fifth minute with Ross making it 2-0 at 15 minutes. Robin Carter converted a penalty kick for Brandt’s Creek near the 20th minute.
Cotter streaked down the right flank and buried a corker far corner at 28 minutes, while Wijnhorst connected on a gift-wrapped pass just outside the 18. Ben Fecht replied for Brandt’s just before the half, while Cotter took an unselfish pass from fellow attorney Ross and found an empty net in the 85th minute.
Bosman (5-7-4) also got bold games from keeper Yogi Kongsdorf and sweeper Erick Burnet. Brandt’s fell to 7-7-2.
Walter Morel scored on a late rocket as Pushor Mitchell clipped last-place Rutland Spirit 1-0 at Mission #11 Park.
Both teams had their chances and it could have gone either way in a battle of offensively challenged squads. Pushor is 5-8-3, one point back of Big O and Bosman. Rutland is 1-15.
RPM leapt past the Stallions into seventh spot by icing the Rented Mules 3-0 at Parkinson #10.
Lake Country moved to fifth on the table by rallying past Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels 4-2 at Beasley Park.
Gord Howard and Rick Raber gave the fourth-place humpbacks a 2-0 lead before Sam Kimpian, with a deuce, Roy Hannem and Neil MacNeil countered for the Lakers (7-4-5). The Camels are 9-6-1.