Morning Star Staff
Veteran striker Gord Howard scored once and set up another as the Okanagan Spring Camels shaded Turn-Key Controls Ogopogos 2-1 Monday night at Marshall Field #3.
The Humpbacks improved to 3-0, while the Pogos dipped to 1-1-1 in the Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League.
Defender Dan Ondzik filled in for injured Turn-Key keeper Bryan Cope and helped his club stay in the match with some fabulous catches, punches and good communication. Ondzik took the Italian Kitchen Pasta Man of the Match.
Howard, who earned the Longhorn Man of the Match, buried a low shot left corner from 12 yards after a feed by Zane Klym in the 10th minute.
Bryan Schenker levelled the score by lofting the ball over onrushing keeper Ron Krause. Newbie Clint Dickenson used a nifty head flick to feed Schenker after a long kick by Ondzik. Schenker just headed the ball over the crossbar from a corner by Rick Danyluk just before the break.
John Orton took a pass from Howard, beat a defender and connected low for the winner. Eric Ladner and Rick Raber helped with the build up. Central fullback Ian Butler turned in a bold performance.
Tireless Volker Otto enjoyed a stellar showing at stopper for the Pogos.
In other action, the injury-riddled Silver Stars welcomed a full van of Salmon Arm products and bounced Bosman Accounting 1-0 at Marshall #4.
Paul McArdle of the Stars had a clear breakaway early in the first half but shot wide. A wide open Gary Baker headed in a sweet cross from John Matejicka in the 43rd minute.
The Stars got strong central defending from Steve Coombs and the newly acquired Brett Bandy. Ted Lurkins made several key stops to earn the shutout after the Stars went down to 10 men in the 65th minute due to a red card after a tackle.
With Silver Star trying to play a possession game and Bosman looking sharp on the counter attack, the game was mostly taking part in the middle of the park with lots of turnovers on either side.
After the break, Bosman came out with a little more energy and purpose forward, and went cautiously looking for the needed equalizer. Play went back and forth, without any dangerous moments in front of either net.
With a man advantage, the complexion of the game changed. Bosman Accounting pushed forward in numbers and created a series of decent chances to equalize but couldn’t convert. Silver Stars limited their strategy to defending in numbers and mainly taking away any possible momentum by subbing the game to bed.
The Stars went to 1-1, while Bosman is 0-1-2.
In other games, it was: Rented Mules 3 Rutland 1; RPM 2 Cantinas 1; Brown Benefits 4 Sunshine Pool 1; North Country 3 Brandt’s Creek 1.
Steve Frost opened the scoring for North Country and it remained 1-0 until Steve Fagan converted on a direct free kick from 22 yards out.
Frost set up Steve Reston on a breakaway for a late insurance tally.