The Kelowna Men’s Soccer League will close out its 2012 season this weekend with the finals in all divisions.
In the Div. 1 championship Saturday at the Mission sports fields #74, Brandt’s Creek Pub will battle the Modern Furniture Pikeys.
Brandt’s Creek needed penaly kicks in the semifinals to knock off Ecora 3-2.
Brandt’s scored 15 minutes into the first half when a cross was played into the box that Ecora’s keeper Sandro Costa mishandle that left Brandt’s Rene Trozzo to pounce on the goal line to knock the ball into the open goal.
Five minutes later, Brandt’s appeared to score their second, however the referee had questionnably judged that one of Brandt’s attackers had commited a foul against Ecora.Ecora then settled in and marched down the pitch and flung a soft shot onto goal that Brandt’s keeper Todd Swaby also misjudged as it trickled into the bottom corner to even the score, 1-1. In the second half, Ecora would get their second after some shabby defending let Chad Foreman walk in alone and bury his shot between Swaby’s legs to take a 2-1 lead.
Brandt’s would get even with about 20 minutes remaining, as a corner kick from Matt Arruda would pick out a leaping Ben Goward who smashed his header into the goal tie it at 2-2.
The teams would battle out the rest of the half, but with no more scoring, we were off to penalty kicks. Each teams first shooters converted, while Brandt’s second shooter scored as well. Ecora’s second shooter would miss, slamming his shot into the crossbar to give Brandt’s the early lead. Each team would trade goals and it came down to Gary Allen for Brandt’s who scored to win it for the Pubbers, 3-2 (5-3 on penalties).
Modern Furniture Pikey’s battled to a 3-1 win over Dakoda’s Celtic to move into the playoff finals. The Pikey’s opened the score early with Matt Reese buried a chance off the crossbar and in to take the lead. Shortly after, Celtic would tie it up but soon would put themselves behind the eight ball when Brett Buchart was given his second yellow card and sent off to leave them with 10 men on the field. From there, Pikey’s took control and goals from Alain Oenema and Dan Hunt would seal the win, 3-1 final.
• Division 2
In the Div. 2 final, FBFC will face YOLO FC at 1 p.m. at Mission #74.
Led by some stellar play by Andrew Marshall, YOLO FC cruised past Barcekelona 6-2 to book their place into the division playoff finals. Marshall would lead an early onslaught by YOLO scoring twice to put them up early. Barcekelona would get one back sandwiched between a pair of goals from Greg Karogiannis and Justin Phillips for YOLO to make it 4-1 at half-time. Jordan Grove and Deepak Shahi would get the last two for YOLO even after Barcekelona had pulled one goal back to finish off the match.
FBFC pulled off the upset of the regular season champs by beating the Invisi-Bulls 4-2. With the Bulls missing a good chunk of their regulars with them returning to university, FBFC took advantage with a pair of goals from Matt Gabelhei and Ryan Caig to dispatch the first place Bulls and move onto Saturday’s final.
• Division 3A
Apna FC 2 – 1 Royal Star
NCA Lakers 2 – 0 Internazionale
Final—Apna FC vs NCA Lakers, 11 a.m. Mission #74
• Division 3B
Topline Selections 8 – 1 LCSC United
Frenzy FC 6 – 2 Red Devils
Topline Selections vs Frenzy FC, 9 a.m. at Mission Sports Fields #74