Kelowna United Football Club
2017 Playdowns Results

The KU/Junior Heat teams were busy and successful this past weekend as (TOYSL) Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League teams battled for a place at the Provincials.  The Playdowns, mostly held in Kamloops, decided those teams that will be advancing to the Provincials to be held July 6th to 9th.

Congratulations and Good Luck to these Kelowna United/Junior Heat Teams!

Congratulations to the 2017 TOYSL League Winners:
U15 Boys (Lohn)
U16 Boys
U18 Boys  

Full Playdown Results:  5 Gold and 3 Silver for KU!
U15 Boys – Kelowna L 1st  – Kamloops 2nd
U16 Boys – Kelowna 1st – Vernon 2nd
U18 Boys – Kelowna 1st – Vernon 2nd
U13 Girls – Kelowna W 1st – Kelowna G 2nd
U15 Girls – Kelowna 2nd – Kamloops 1st 
U16 Girls – Kelowna 1st – Penticton 2nd
U18 Girls – Kelowna 2nd – Penticton 1st

Game action this past week:

Sunday, June 18, 2017
KU U11 Boys (Alex)  vs Vernon United U11 Boys & Revelstoke U11 Boys

The U11 Boys (Alex) had a fun filled weekend in Revelstoke winning both their games against Vernon and Revelstoke.  Kaden Routley, Adrien Pastinelli, Adam Baker, Ty Goruk, Stefan Vracarevic and Kash Goruk all scored with Kaden Routley scoring a few times. Stefan Vracarevic and Ty Goruk did great in net.  The weather was beautiful and the team shared good times enjoying lunch in the mountains and riding the Revelstoke Mountain coaster!

U11 Boys having fun in Revelstoke with Coach Alex riding down the Revelstoke Mountain coaster!  Pic #2: Back left to right: Adrien Pastinelli,, Edward Suliman, Lion Alaji, Kaden Routley, Ty Goruk, Adam Baker.  Front left to right: Kash Goruk, George Suliman, Elijah DeKruif, Jordan Meyer holding ball, Stefan Vracarevic, Seth Brown

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Game 1: KU/Junior Heat U13 Girls  – 2      Kamloops L U13 Girls – 1

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Game 2 Final: KU/Junior Heat U13 Girls  –   1     Kelowna United W U13 Girls –  2

The Junior Heat U13 girls played against a couple of tough opponents in the season ending playdowns in Kamloops this weekend.  On Saturday in the semi-finals, the Heat won 2-1 against Kamloops L advancing them to the finals on Sunday. Olivia Lawrie started the scoring off in the first few minutes of the game with Kamloops coming back to tie the game in the first half at the 25 minute mark. Defender Ava Craig scored the winning goal on an amazing lob over the Kamloops goalie from just past the half.  In the finals, Kelowna United W kept a 1-0 lead over Heat until the last two minutes when Ava Craig scored on a penalty kick bringing the two teams to a tie at game end.  After double overtime, the Heat lost by a point in a shootout against one of their toughest opponents of the season. Spectators were not disappointed watching some amazing play from both teams in this final game of the season.    

Friday, June 16, 2017
Game 1: KU U13 Girls Storm (Watson) –   1   Vernon United U13 Girls – 0

This was a close game against Vernon United. The goal of the match was a free kick by Hailey Kristiansen-Yeulett  just outside the 18yd line. Her powerful shot was to much for the Vernon keeper to handle as Kaedence Mollin was able to pounce on the rebound tipping it in for the games lone goal. Kelowna Storm held off Vernon for the remainder of the game for their 1st win on the weekend.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Game 2: KU U13 Girls Storm (Watson) –  4   Kamloops Blaze U13 Girls – 3

Another evenly-matched game was played between KU Storm & the league leading Kamloops Blaze. Kamloops managed the first goal but Kelowna rallied quickly with Kaedence Mollin scoring a beautiful goal fed by right defensive back Haylie Steel. The game ended 2:2, resulting in overtime. With just minutes left in the 2nd overtime, Kamloops managed to pull ahead again but with shear grit and determination, Kelowna United marched on and just 13 seconds later it was tied up once again!!  Off to the shoot-out where Kelowna Keeper, Kennedy Day saved 3 of her 5 shots leading the way while Hailey Yeulett, Kaedence Mollin, Lily Kolochuk all scored in the shootout. Julia Adamson sealed the victory for Kelowna with her game winning shootout goal !! off to the finals…….

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Game 3 Final: KU U13 Girls Storm (Watson) –  2   KU/Junior Heat U13 Girls – 1

A well fought battle between the 2 Kelowna clubs went see-saw back and forth until midway through the first half where Kelowna Storms’ midfielders strong play continued to created opportunities for their strikers. Paris Kirk & Kaedence Mollin eventually seized the opportunity and managed to find the back of the net on a partial breakaway breaking the tie. For the remainder of the game Kelowna weathered the ”Storm” holding off the Heat with strong defense until with just a couple minutes left in the match the Heat were rewarded with a penalty shot allowing them to tie the game up, now sending KU Storm back into overtime for the second time in just as many days on the weekend, and another shoot-out!!

Kelowna Storm once again managed to come out on top of the shoot-out with the 3rd victory of the weekend with goals scored by Hailey Yeulett, Kaedence Mollin, Lily Kolochuk and Makena Marble. Kelowna finished 1st overall in Playdowns and now is heading to Surrey in July for 2017 U13G Provincials!

U13 Girls Storm: Back row left to right: Kiera Swift, Makena Marble, Mekhila Brown, Coach Rob Watson, Emily Buckmaster, Lily Kolochuk, Kaydee Copithorne, Avery Muir, Paris Kirk, Julia Adamson, Asst Coach Chris Adamson. Front row left to right: Haylie Steel, Hailey Yeulett, Kaedence Mollin, Kennedy Day, Malyssa Watson, Jenna Gilbert, Hannah Lommer

Sunday, June 18, 2017
KU U15 Boys  – 4         Kamloops U15 Boys – 0

Kelowna United U15 Boys won a hard fought battle against Kamloops U15 Blaze on Sunday. The first blistering bottom right handed goal of the game was scored early on in the first half by Nathan Gilbert. Kelowna United had numerous missed goals with the ball hitting the cross bar and posts on a number of occasions. Kamloops fought back hard and Kelowna United goalie, Eric Dueck made some crucial saves leaving Kelowna up one goal going in to the second half.  Mid-way through the second half, Jaden Lohn scored the game changer goal when he buried the ball from outside of the 18 yard line with a rocket in the top right hand corner. Kai Hagen was not far behind when he scored the third goal of the game.  The final goal of the game was scored by Matteo Sasso-Avila on a penalty kick. 

The boys were unrelenting, not wanting to give in!  Their hard work paid off being presented with the #1 place cup at the 2017 TOYSL Playdowns. Congratulations Kelowna United U15 Boys!

KU U15 Boys: Front Row Left To Right: Matteo Sasso-Avila, Jayden Bridge, Jaden Lohn, Eric Dueck, Zack MacInnes, Kai Hagan. Middle Row Left to Right: Cole McEwan, Lee Arnesen, Gavin Lawlor, Micah Dryden, Stephano Poloni. Back Row Left to Right: Coach Otto Lohn, Noah Kroeker, Kale Mistal, Eli Dorin, Nathan Gilbert, Assistant Coach Chuck McEwan.  Missing – Adam Love, Connor Laing

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Game 1: KU U15 Girls (Greenhough) – 4         Penticton U15 Girls – 0

The KU U-15 Girls (Greenhough) were on a quest to reach the Provincials when they travelled to Kamloops this weekend for playdowns. The girls only needed to win of their two games to secure a spot in the Provincial Championships.

First up was Penticton, chief rivals and a team that has been closely matched with the KU girls throughout the season. In the end, the Penticton girls couldn’t handle the KU girls who beat them 4-1. Kelowna scored their first goal five minutes into the game. After a free kick in the Kelowna end, Kaley Krivoshein passed the ball up to Ashlyn Eisenkrein who got the ball past the Penticton Keeper. Kelowna scored again a couple of minutes later. Lindsay Goett passed the ball to Ashlyn Eisenkrein whose shot was initially stopped by the Penticton keeper. However, Ashlyn was able to pick up her own rebound and got her second shot past the keeper for her second goal of the game. Penticton responded quickly and got on the scoreboard a couple of minutes later. A Penticton striker got through the Kelowna defenders and managed to get a shot past Tayshja Clark.

Perhaps buoyed by their goal, Penticton came out energized for the second half. The teams were evenly matched and the play became quite physical. However, some of the wind was taken out of Penticton’s sails when Kaley Krivoshein scored thirteen minutes into the second half to make it 3-1. KU scored again six minutes later when Ashlyn Eisenkrein finished a hat trick to make the final score 4-1.

By beating Penticton, the KU Girls advanced to Sunday’s Gold Medal game against the Kamloops Blaze.

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Game 2 Final: KU U15 Girls (Greenhough) – 0         Kamloops U15 Girls – 3

Kamloops has had KU’s number all season and in the end, the KU girls were defeated 3-0 by the Blaze in the Gold Medal game. KU put a lot of pressure on Kamloops during the opening minutes of the game. The teams were quite evenly matched throughout the first half and traded scoring chances. At the half, there was still no score.

Kamloops scored first about 7 minutes into the second half when a Kamloops player launched a long shot that sailed over Tayshja Clark’s outstretched arms. From that point on, Kamloops took control of the game and scored two more goals on their way to the Gold Medal.

Pic #1: Lindsay Goett; Pic #2: Ashlyn Eisenkrein and Madison Dyck; Pic #3: Taylor Luch; Pic #4: Bianca Panagos; Pic 5: Tayshja Clark makes a save  

Sunday, June 18, 2017
KU U16 Boys  – 2          Vernon U16 Boys – 0

A well played team effort by the Kelowna United U16 Boys resulted in a 2-0 win over Vernon United at the Thompson-Okanagan Playdown finals in Kamloops this weekend. Kelowna’s first goal was headed into the back of the net by James Wiebe off a corner kick from Thomas Jaklis.  Vernon pressed back but shots on net were kept to a minimum from Kelowna’s strong defensive play and a shutout performance by keeper Tallan Freh.  The final goal was scored on a well placed free kick from Riley Neal.  After a strong season this earns the team a spot at the upcoming Provincials to be held in July.

Pic #1: Conor O’Reilly, Pic #2: James Wiebe; Pic #3: Sean Kostiuk; Pic #4: KU U16 Boys: Back Row (left to right):  Andrew King, Gavin Sherman, Cam Wilson, Chris VanDenHeuvel, Thomas Jaklis, Coach Peter Roberts, Reid Herron, Bailey Lovich, Cam Sorensen, James Wiebe, Tallan Freh, Kanaan Krahn, Manager Jennifer Neal. Front Row (left to right):  Harjun Gosal, Tanner Peters, Riley Neal, Shawn Kostiuk, Conor O’Reilly, Jadon Trytko, Quentin Murphy

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Game 1: KU U16 Girls  – 1          Vernon U16 Girls – 0

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Game 2: KU U16 Girls – 2           Penticton U16 Girls – 1

The Kelowna United U16 girls played in the Thompson Okanagan play downs this past weekend fighting for a spot at Provincials, beating Vernon 1-0 on Saturday advancing to the Sunday game verses Penticton in the finals. Historically over this past season, KU U16 girls and Penticton U16 have fought every league game to a draw. Our playdown final resulted in a hard fought 2-1 game ending in a Kelowna United play down championship victory. A whole hearted full team effort with every player equally contributing to a well deserved win. Goals scored by Kaitlin Smith and Kassandra Zukowski. 

KU U16 Girls: Back row left to right: Amy Drew, Sarah Gervais, Gracie Matheson, Chelsea Cristofoli, Logan Finley, Georgia Lawrence, Hailey Wright, Kaitlin Smith, Tiernan Hickson, Katrina Schrod, Coach Mike Smith. Front Row left to right: Sammi Krupka, Dominique Spooner, Teagan Milligan, Annabelle Perry, Faith Tazelaar, Kassie Zukowski, Emily Metz, Catherine Howe 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
KU U18 Boys – 8                  Vernon U18 Boys – 0

The KU U18 Boys played Vernon U18 in playdowns dominating the game with crips passing and majority of possession.  Goal scorers were: Mitch Sloan (2), Jason Hesketh, Connor Sandrin, Taylor Piche,  Mason Chidlow, Noah Dueck & Ethan Attwood.

Pic #1: Ben Lommer; Pic #2: Connor Sandrin; Pic #3: Ethan Attwood; Pic #4: Mason Chidlow