The Okanagan Impact extended their undefeated streak to 10 games by battling the Chick Kickers to a scoreless draw in North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association Masters Division action Tuesday night at Marshall Field #1.
“The Chick Kickers are first in the division so it was a great success for us,” said Impact veteran Kris Ponto. “We had some excellent opportunities to score…just no goals in the end.”
The Impact (9-3-2) moved into sole possession of third place, five points back of the Kickers, by getting superb goalkeeping from Shelinda Morin, who flashed some aggressive challenges and read the plays well all night.
Kim Wiebe, in center defence, ran miles, while the Impact got great hustle from Suzy Andrews, Jody Hawthorne, Lisa Boer, Minda Chittenden and Sue Herring.
The 11-2-2 Chicks didn’t score for the first time all season with Dawn Tucker earning the shutout. The Chicks sorely missed veteran Charlene Johnson.
NOU brush off Drillers
Melissa Jacobs scored twice as the Vernon Square Liquor Store NOU grounded the Goplen Drillers 2-0 at Marshall #5.
Carla Gibson earned MVP for United (6-7-2), who celebrated Charlene McNaught’s 50th birthday a day late. Teresa Collins was fabulous in the NOU midfield. The Drillers dipped to 3-8-3.
Controllers bow to Merlot
The Vernon Controllers were in rainy Salmon Arm looking for revenge as Shuswap Merlot upset the Controllers 2-1 in their first meeting earlier in the season.
The visitors started well by peppering the Merlot goal, but Merlot scored first on a clever short corner put just under the bar from 25 yards out.
The Controllers just failed to equalize as a Shuswap defender dove on a rolling ball as it was crossing the line and was able to chest it out off the line without using her arms.
Before the first half ended, a hard drive deflected off a defender and squirted under a diving Leslie Epp, to put Merlot up by two.
Merlot scored again 10 minutes in with a defensive miscue, leaving Epp no chance as the 30 yarder found the top right corner.
Danielle Dunsmore replied quickly with a goal in close, giving the Controllers hope in a game they enjoyed most of the play without results. Merlot defended well the last 30 minutes, improving to 7-6-2. The Controllers dipped to 9-4-2.
Jenny Currie was strong up front for the Controllers as were midfielders Michelle Mercer, Shawn Yargeau and Therese Weber with Michele Wernicke rock solid on the backline.
The Controllers are in the big Salmon Arm B.C. Day Long Weekend Tournament.
Setter’s double Sista’s 4-2
Setter’s Pub of Salmon Arm doubled Okanagan Season’s Sistas 4-2 at Marshall #4.
The Sistas battled hard against the second-place Setter’s in a game which could have easily gone the other way with most of the golden opportunities going the Sistas’ way.
An unfortunate hand ball on the Sistas’ goal line off a corner led to Salmon Arm’s first goal from a penalty kick.
A quick second goal came off a mishandled defender, last man back for an easy breakaway goal.
The Sistas stabilized their game and shape, and were rewarded with a beautiful long high kick by Andrea Zubot after a gift-wrapped clearance kick by the keeper.
Sniper Kim Sylvester had numerous breakaways and made excellent crosses to Helene Clarke breaking to the far post, and just missing a few times. Salmon Arm replied with another goal for a 3-1 lead at the break.
The second half was a see-saw affair, with substitute keeper Pam Zalcik of Sista’s making a few great saves and throwing the ball out further than most players could kick it, creating breakouts for the Sista’s and resulting in a breakaway for Kim Sylvester, who buried the ball low, corner.
Setter’s (10-1-4) recorded a late goal on a long, high blast over Zalcik’s head and off the far post.
Honourable mentions for the 2-11-3 Sista’s go to Becky Birbilis, Sherry Weibe, Gizelle Duquette and Michele Niles.
Last-place Shuswap Kaos surprised Monashee’s Pub 3-1 at Marshall #3. Becky McLennan scored for the pub crew (3-10-2). The Kaos went to 2-10-3.
Lee pulls hat trick for Outlaws
In Competitive Division action, the Little Tex Outlaws shelled the North Enderby Timber Celtics 5-1 at Marshall #2.
Midfielder Lyndsay Lee pulled the hat trick for the Outlaws, who went to 9-3-1, one point back of the first-place TED United of Salmon Arm.
Christine Neilson scored on a beautiful long ball from outside the 18 over the keeper’s head, while Jasmine Whitling connected on another long shot from similar yardage, to support the Outlaws.
Whitling, Lee and and Lori Phillips all created several scoring opportunites from the midfield.
Elina Huisken had a strong game in the midfield with many runs down the side and gorgeous crosses to create further chances.
The Little Tex defence, led by sweepers Jordan Mercer and Stacey Cover, along with Kate Welch and Erika Francis, enjoyed a strong game, keeping the Celtics’ scoring chances remote while boosting the offence.
Kimi Waneck responded for the ever-improving Celtics, who fell to 2-11 despite scoring six times in their last three games. Coach Graham Ross hopes his team can play the spoiler role down the stretch.
Blazers fall to United
The AF Blazers, playing with only nine players, bowed 3-0 to the first-place TED United in Salmon Arm.
United (9-2-2) scored all their goals in the first half with the Blazers showing tireless work in a scoreless second half. Jane Higgins, Chelsea Ricketts and Amanda Swales had good defensive games, while Jenny Hatten, Paula Brownlee and Sam Dally held the middle.
Krista Ference and Ali Clarke had a few scoring opportunities but were unable to convert. Eileen Pellicca did an awesome job in net for the 1-9-3 Blazers.