The Vernon United U16 boys went 2-1 and gave up just one goal in a Rep soccer tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho last weekend.
Mike Melbourne’s crew dominated the Montana Force in their Saturday opener but the Force scored on a rare chance in the second half for a 1-0 win. The Force ended up winning the tournament.
After a team outing at Silverwood Theme Park, United bounced the Boseman Selects of Montana 5-0.
Scotty Coulthard, with his first goal on his new team with a header, opened the scoring on a great cross from captain Cody Glinsbockel. From there, it was the Michael Williamson clinic as the super-charged striker scored four times, the first on a beauty left-footer from outside the box.
Keeper Jeff Hiscoe was brilliant in creatively stopping several great chances.
United clipped Nelson 1-0 Sunday with defender Chase Larsen sending a bomb from just over half for the winner.
“Again, all 16 players played very solid team soccer not allowing Nelson to get any real scoring opportunities,” said Melbourne.
Cole Shoemaker and Hiscoe split the shutout. United was in an eight-team pool and didn’t make the playoff final, finishing third.
Late goal costs United U17s
In Thompson Okanagan Rep U17/18 boys play, United U17 boys lost a 3-2 thriller to Penticton U18s Sunday at Kings Park.
The winner came with about a minute left off a disputed offside goal. Vernon played one of its best games of the season, showing tremendous skill while playing with no subs.
Vernon’s first goal came from a gorgeous cross-field pass from defender Menno Burnet to Lendrit Ademi, who finished with a precision one-touch header into the top corner.
United’s second goal was another beauty by midfielder Lucas Ross, who dribbled past two players and then chipped the ball over the charging keeper.
Defenders Liam Eddy, Kurt Seiler and Liam Curran consistently foiled the talented Penticton forward attacks.
“No one player stood out; all 11 players did their jobs, both defended and attacked as a team,” said Vernon coach Monique Bennett.
The host Penticton Pinnacles shut down shortstaffed Vernon 1-0 in U14 boys action Sunday at Kings Park.
Malcolm Wiens, Gavin Mason and Charis Ondrik had strong showings in the 1-2-2 United midfield, while Kevin Thibault, Connor Johnston, Peter Hirschkorn and Sam Eggert sparkled on the back line. Elias Jensen did a good job as the lone striker as Vernon played with 10 men due to injuries.
“We were extremely unlucky not to be up by four goals in the first 15 minutes,” said United coach Rolf Hirschkorn. “Again, we dominated, but came up short. However, I think it was the best game of our season and we hope to take this momentum into the Slurpee Cup in Kamloops this weekend.”
Morgan Nichols (Man of the Match) recorded 11 saves in the Vernon goal. Rowan McDonald generated the best offensive chances with three shots on target.
Under 11 boys draw Kamloops 1-1
Vernon United U11 #1 boys turned in a strong 1-1 tie versus host Kamloops Red and then grounded Kamloops Black 5-1 Sunday at MacArthur Island Sports centre.
United had Kamloops Red under siege for most of the game, but the Vernon boys could only muster a Zach Smith goal. Saajan Klair, with a crossbar, and Smith, with a late second-half post, had chances for a go-ahead tally.
Liam Reid, Dawson Martian and Jack Cotter enjoyed stellar defensive showings.
Consistent work in Game 2 saw the chances going into the net, with Smith potting a natural hat trick, and singles coming from Martian and Devin Hofsink.
Luc Jones ran miles, Keegan Carmichael sparkled in his new central midfield role and Reid and Lucas Schuch played great defence.
Keeper Kevin Morgan was firm all day and had his shutout bid erased late on a well-deserved Black goal.
United U11 #2 toppled Kamloops White 3-1 and blanked Revelstoke Avalanche 2-0.
Kobe Grant, Matt Reich and Maksim Chirkoff were fantastic in containing the Kamloops midfielders. Liam Glennon opened the scoring on a lovely Chirkoff and Reich combination.
Reich was rewarded for his determination with a goal early in the second half before Kamloops quickly responded.
Vernon counted with a lovely cross from Reich to Nathan Paskiewich, who delivered a deluxe ball for Glennon to bury for insurance.
In their second game, the boys came out flat against a physical side from Revelstoke.
Grant finished off a sweet through ball and put Vernon up 1-0. In the second half, Grant delivered a fantastic corner that was finished off by a dazzling first strike by Aiden Skinner.
Logan Quibell was stellar in net and earned his second clean sheet of the season.
Both teams will compete in the older U12 division in the Slurpee Cup in Kamloops this weekend.
Hughes highlights U14 attack
United U14 girls improved to 5-1-2 by brushing off Salmon Arm Selects 3-0 Sunday at Blackburn Park after drawing 1-1 with Kamloops Blaze Saturday at MacDonald Park.
Abbey Hughes (2) and Cayleigh Graham handled the offence in the Shuswap with Marina Dempsey registering the shutout. United led 1-0 at the break before finding their stride.
“We received some great shots and hustle from Sheyna Camalush, crossing and corners by Alex Drury and Jaime Grages, and a superb shot by Emily Clarke that just missed the goal but was tapped in by sniper Cayleigh Graham,” said United coach Michelle Hughes. “We also got great defending by the back line and a super volley from just inside the box by Abbey Hughes.”
United and Kamloops went hard on a scorching Saturday afternoon in Vernon with Graham netting the United goal.
In U16 girls play Sunday, United clipped host Kamloops 1-0 at MacArthur Island.
Winger Riley Martian pocketed the goal and Julia Kemper earned the clean sheet.
Vernon dominated play in all areas of the field, outchancing the Blaze 10-1. The goal was a result of good defending, strong midfield play and excellent finish by Martian.
Paige Latta connected as United blanked the host Kamloops Blaze 1-0 in U13 girls play Sunday. Coach Al Gee credited a solid team performance for moving unbeaten United to 4-0-2.
United then bowed 4-0 to Kamloops A in exhibition action, getting great performances from Evan Koshure, Jordan Butler, Lailah Akkurt, Sydney Embleton and Maja Splawinski.
United U12 #2 girls got Barclay’s League-like goals by Kelsey Falk, Jayden Strachan and Olivia McLennan in a 3-0 win over Shuswap Sunday at Marshall Field.
McLennan’s breakaway from the half was courtesy of a beautiful through ball by Elena Gaskell. McLennan deked the onrushing keeper and nearly ran out of real estate before tapping it in by the post. Hailey Yablonski was solid in net.
Nadia Smith was the Wendy’s Lady of the Match with strong two-way play.
United Girls U12 #1 lost 2-1 to Kamloops Blue and fell 3-0 to Kamloops Orange in Vernon.
Keeper Grace Atkins made a mighty diving save to set the tone in Game 1. Makena Kersey converted at 15 minutes with a long blast from the left side.
Megan Sherwood, Emilia Durfeld and Paige Noakes worked hard together to create scoring opportunities.
In Game 2, United forwards Talia Quiring, Keira Correia and Atkins created several chances but failed to finish.
The U11 #1 girls split their games in Kelowna, losing 3-0 to Kamloops Blue before stopping Shuswap 5-2.
Callie Bertram and Anne Cherkowski had strong games in the middle of the field in the loss.
Cherkowski opened the scoring versus Shuswap in the seventh minute by stealing a goal kick and going low, right corner. She scored again five minutes later, going top right corner from 12 yards. Emily Boden drew the assist after a nice run.
Janelle Barnett let loose a monster goalie drop kick to send Rane Smith on a breakaway in the 17th minute. Smith calmly finished low to the keeper’s left side while being pressured by two defenders.
The fourth goal by Sarah Stevenson came off a corner by Cherkowski in the 22nd minute.
Barnett sent another huge goal kick, in the 25th minute, to Emma Eggert, who broke in and tucked it in the corner.