Enzo Paal collected the hat trick as the Vernon Hi-Pro Sportswear Camels blasted the host Salmon Arm Outlaws 6-0 in North Okanagan Soccer League action Wednesday night in the Shuswap.
The Camels struggled in the first half with poor passing, checking and positional play, which allowed the Outlaws a few close chances. The winless visitors hit the post twice (once on a penalty shot), and had a few other close chances to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.
After re-arranging their formation, the Camels took control in the second half with four more tallies, while limiting Salmon Arm’s chances.
Other goals came from Mo Singogo, Keenan Jespersen and Nathan Whitling. Ryan Campbell earned the shutout.
North Enderby Timber stopped Monashee Surveying 2-0 on Marshall Field #2.
NET took to the pitch with 11 beaten and bruised players and no subs. A slight drizzle made for wet and sloppy conditions, and NET took advantage of few Monashee miscues to go up 2-0 early.
After that, the game tightened up with many hard tackles and fouls by both sides.
Monashee came out with some energy in the second half, but can’t seem to connect their passes. Some hard challenges by NET kept them pinned in their half.
Riot FC spread out the scoring as they deflated Peters Tirecraft 5-0 on Marshall #4.
Luis Vacquez, with a pair, and singles from Andres Castillo, Nathan Gatenby and Jai Gosa rounded out the attack. Matt Catton recorded the shutout.
Riot controlled the play throughout the game with lots of chances to score. Tirecraft (0-5) was unable to generate much in the way of offence.
The Turn-Key Controls and Revelstoke Stallions postponed their game.
Meanwhile, the 34th Vernon National Oldtimers Tournament will feature 46 teams in seven divisions.
Play opens Saturday morning at MacDonald Park and Marshall Field. Finals go Monday at both parks with the men’s 35+ championship at noon (Mac West) and the women’s 35+ showdown at 10:30 a.m. (Mac East).