Courvas, NOD come up short in semis

Courvas, Eagle Homes NOD come up short in NOSL semifinals.

  • Aug. 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Slide tackle: Jesse Knight of NET FC gets a foot on the ball as he challenges Austin Schneebeli of Salmon Arm’s Eagle Homes Nation of Domination in the men’s North Okanagan Soccer League semifinal Wednesday night in Vernon.

The North Okanagan Soccer League’s Gibson Cup championship will be an all-Vernon affair.

North Enderby Timber will take on Turn-Key Controls this evening in Vernon for the league championship.

NET and Turn-Key advanced with semifinal wins last Wednesday.

Salmon Arm’s Eagle Homes Nation of Domination took on NET in Vernon.

In a thrilling fashion NET advanced to their sixth Gibson’s Cup final in a row, defeating NOD 2-1.

NOD were caught on their back foot as NET came out strong, creating the first few chances of the game. The deadlock was broken in the 35th minute when NET took the lead.

In the second half the tides turned and NOD came out firing, creating the majority of the chances but couldn’t get by the stingy NET defence who only allowed six goals all year.

In the 70th minute, NET scored an insurance marker.

The two-goal lead lasted only three minutes when an NOD forward got in behind the NET defence and beat Timber goalie far side.

Both teams had chances in the final minutes but the Timber held on to earn the win.

In Salmon Arm, on a rainy Wednesday night, Turn-Key Controls advanced to the NOSL Final with a commanding 5-0 victory over Courvas.

Turn-Key opened the scoring in the game’s opening minutes for the early lead and didn’t look back.

The two friendly rivals would engage in a battle in the midfield for most of the half, but the Controls squad would eventually score another to go up two heading into the half.

The second half saw a tired Courvas squad unable to keep up with a motivated Turn-Key side.

NET, the defending playoff champs, will be shooting for an 11th Gibson Cup title.

Turn-Key is searching for its first-ever Cup title.

They lost to NET in the final in 2012 and ‘13, and were eliminated by Courvas in the 2014 semifinals.

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