Busy week for United on local soccer pitches
Kelowna United soccer teams had another good weekend last week, playing teams from around the Okanagan valley.
Here's a look back at the results from April 28 and 29.
Kelowna United U13 Girls
The KU girls came out strong and were able to score in the first seven minutes of the game as Courtney Peissard scored on an assist from Mackenzie Schwinghamer. The girls continued to dominate the play by keeping the ball in the Shuswap end for much of the half but Shuswap would tie the game 1-1 despite the pressure. Kelowna poured on the offense in the second half and ran to a 5-1 win. Schwinghamer added her second while other goals came from Angelia Ostrom, Paige Krivoshein and Kiera Baldwin.
Strong play by the defense line of Courtney Gunn, Natalie Hope, Brianna Tataryn, Antonia Weiler and Erin Thomas kept the ball out of the KU end and fed it up to the mids and forwards.
In their second game of the day the Kelowna United U-13s came up against a tough Penticton squad and lost 5-2.
Strong goaltending from Hannah Allan kept Kelowna in the game in the first half but Penticton out-scored Kelowna in the second. KU goal scorers were Angelia Ostrom and, Danika Lee.
Kelowna United U15 Girls
In an evenly matched game, Kelowna and Penticton both came out strong and showed some great ball possession, passing and strong defence that ultimately led to several scoring chances. It wasn't until a few minutes before the half that KU's Emma Johnson made a superb cross to Kiana Ajamzadeh at the front of the net to score the first goal of the game.
Second half play saw the Penticton team continue to pressure KU but excellent defending by Jazlyn Lazar, Abbey Nyberg, Jenna Labossiere and Hayley Slade managed to shut down any scoring opportunities by the opposition.
Right before the final whistle a well placed shot by Jaedyn Penkala saw the back of the net to give KU the 2-0 win.
Avery Watson in net made some excellent saves for the shut out.
Kelowna United U13 Boys
The Kelowna United Under-13 boys came out with a clean sheet, shutting out Shuswap 6-0. Defensive players Gurkamal Kaloty, Oliver Perry, Evan Callahan, Nicolas Smith, Kane Logan and Noah Miranda led the strong effort from the back-end.
A trio of Kelowna players scored twice as Connor Sandrin, Blaise Beauchemin and Nicholas Macdonnell each found the back of the net twice in a 6-0 win.
Kelowna United U15 Boys
The KU Under-15 boys came on strong with a solid first half against Vernon's Under-15 team. Aaron Obedkoff scored seven minutes in for the first goal of the game and KU maintained control for the better part of the first half with some great passing and defense.
Ronel Kayal and Jacob Dunn also scored for Kelowna in what would end up a 3-0 win. Penticton was unable to beat goalkeeper Dawson Colluney as the U-15 boys remained unbeaten on the season.
Kelowna United U16 Boys
Kelowna and Vernon played a fair and well fought game with Kelowna taking over in the second half. KU led 2-1 at the half before scoring five more in the second half in a 7-2 win. Goals were scored Dylan Wagner, Bryden DelMedico, Mitchell Marrs and Josh Ugyan.
Thompson Okanagan FC
The Thompson Okanagan U18 boys will put their B.C. Soccer Premier League unbeaten record on the line this weekend at home.
TOFC, with six wins and two ties in eight starts, will take on Fusion FC for two games.
TOFC will play the Fusion 94 team on Saturday in Vernon, and the Fusion 95s on Sunday in Rutland.
A pair of wins on home pitch over Mountain FC last weekend pushed the TOFC boys into top spot.
On Saturday, the local boys downed the Mountain FC U18 squad 2-1.
TOFC opened the scoring midway through the first half from the penalty spot after Cole Kingzett (Penticton) was tripped as he ran in on Mountain's goal. Andrew Stevenson (Kelowna) continued his good scoring form, making no mistake from the spot.
On the stroke of halftime, Mountain evened the score when, against the run of play, they scored from a freekick outside the box.
Despite being disappointed at losing their lead, TOFC showed great character to come out in the second half and resumed control of most of the play. They soon had their reward when Lex Phillips (Penticton) put them back in front to stay with a fine header.
On Sunday, TOFC took down Mountain's U17 squad 1-0.
Midway through the first half, TOFC stunned Mountain with a well taken goal from Robin Whittaker (Kelowna) who had only entered the field as a substitute moments before, despite having a broken toe.
Mountain immediately looked to level the game, and the pattern of play resumed as they pushed hard for an equalizer. Jake Bainas had to produce several fine saves one after the other as the pressure intensified leading up to halftime.
TOFC held off Mountain in the second half to record the win, pushing their unbeaten record this season to six wins and two draws.