Justin Wallace of the Okanagan Challenge takes a spill over a Khalsa player in PCSL action Saturday in Coquitlam.

Justin Wallace of the Okanagan Challenge takes a spill over a Khalsa player in PCSL action Saturday in Coquitlam.

Challenge preps for home opener

A couple of reinforcements will join the Okanagan Challenge for their first two home games of the Pacific Coast Soccer League this weekend at the Apple Bowl.

Keeper Michael Sheridan and midfielder Nick Aguilar from Baker University in Kansas are due to arrive in Kelowna on Thursday as the team prepares to take on the Vancouver Thunderbirds on Saturday night. Kick off is 7 p.m.

Then on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Challenge will battle Surrey United.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Challenge head coach Kelly Wolverton said of the team’s home openers. “We’re going to have a mid-week scrimmage, a good week of fitness and preparation and be ready to play.”

Okanagan (1-1) is coming off a disappointing 3-2 loss to Khalsa Sporting Club Saturday in Coquitlam.

The Challenge fell behind 2-0, before responding with goals from John Hodnett and Leigh Sembaluk in the second half to tie the score.

But Khalsa scored in extra time from a scramble in front of the goal to deny the Challenge of the tie and a point in the standings.

“I thought we at least deserved a tie,” Wolverton said. “The guys played hard and it didn’t real feel like a loss. We had a lot of the play and created some good chances.

That’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

This weekend, Wolverton expects to have close to 20 players at his disposal for the two home games.

The Challenge coach said a full bench will be especially helpful for the quick turnaround as the team play two games in span of 16 hours.

 

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