The temperatures were hot and the soccer action sizzled.
The U18 girls and U18 boys Shuswap Select teams both treated fans to great soccer at Walters’ Field in Blackburn Park last Sunday.
The girls kicked off first, taking on Vernon who had defeated Shuswap in their last outing. Not this time, however.
With textbook passing and aggressive play, at the end of two 45-minute halves the final score was Shuswap 4, Vernon 2.
The win made for a three-way tie in points at the end of league play for Penticton, Vernon and Shuswap. Playoff spots were to be decided on goal differential.
Back-to-back following the girls’ game were the U18 boys taking on Penticton.
The Pinnacles were a tough adversary, playing a skilled possession game, but the Shuswap defence was formidable and the score was 1-1 well into the second half.
Late in the half the Shuswap fans erupted when the local boys managed to put the winning goal in the back of the net.
Final score, 2-1 for the home team.
Shuswap finishes league play in second place behind Kelowna, with Penticton in third.
Playoffs for both Shuswap teams will take place in Kamloops during the next week, with the schedule still to be finalized.