After two straight losses, the Turn-Key Ogopogos hit the win column by picking apart the last-place Rutland Spirit 5-0 in Capri Insurance Men’s 45+ Soccer League play Monday night at Parkinson #9 Field.
Ian Bos, the Messi look-a-like Man of the Match, jumpstarted the Pogo offence with a nice run down the flank, blasting a zinger past a startled Rutland keeper.
Bos finished with a deuce and could have produced a handful. Bryan Schenker, playing with a bad back, managed to score twice and Mark Wasylyk got one.
Nolan Clark earned the clean sheet with some fabulous saves.
The Okanagan Spring Brewery Camels shut down Cantinas 5-0 at Marshall Field #4.
Johnny Orton supplied the winner in the fifth minute after a pass by Rob Hulstein. Cantinas nodded in an own goal five minutes later.
Don Balcombe, with a deuce, and Mike Collins, completed the 5-1-1 Camels’ offence in front of Dave Dutcher, who posted a zero-save shutout while reading Heavy Metal Rock Digest.
Balcombe took the Sleeman’s Man of the Match and counted the goal of the night when he somehow held a ball on the end line, brought it back a yard and beast the keeper near side.
Second-place Brown Benefits held off the stubborn Bosman Accounting 2-1 at Marshall #1.
Tony Gonzales scored for Browns (7-1) at the end of the first half from the only real goal attempt they got in the opening 45 minutes. The accountants (1-5-1) were very strong defensively with Dan Rogers, Glenn Verdurmen and Henk Bosman taking care of the midfield.
Bosman played their strongest game of the season and had several attempts on goal, but Brown keeper Steven Heiss was golden.
Ten minutes after having a goal disallowed on a strange offisde call, Vernon Topsport.ca’s Man of the Match Rolf Hirschkorn beat Heiss.
Minutes after that, Graeme Jenkins got the PK winner.
The accountants had the chance to level the score when they were awarded a free kick just outside the 18. The ball was heading towards the target but a defender on the wall clearly tapped the ball over with one arm, which should have been a Bosman penalty but the ref ruled a corner.
Hirschkorn sent another screamer from 25 yards off the crossbar and Bosman had five great scoring opportunities from corners but Heiss denied him.
The injury-riddled Silver Stars lost two more players in a gutsy 2-1 loss to league-leading Penticton United at City Park in Kelowna.
Just three minutes in, the Stars were reduced to 11 men when Gary Baker pulled a hamstring before even touching the ball.
At 15 minutes, Bill Graham suffered the same injury and the Stars were down to 10 men.
Al Bensmiller, making his first start in goal of the year, made numerous acrobatic saves to keep the game close, before Penticton was able to blast a couple of hard shots past him.
Nigel Clack, Ian Murphy, and Steve McCourt took control and moved the ball around the midfield with precision as they played keep-away.
Newbie Nigel Watson, who had travelled from Sicamous, went down early in the second, with a hamstring injury, leaving Vernon with nine.
Randy Driediger, having again made the trip from Revelstoke, made some determined runs from his outside back position. He assisted on Paul McArdle’s first snipe of the season.
The Stars have advertised for a full-time physiotherapist.