Skyline soccer team loses championship title in overtime 4-2 shootout

May 15, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

The 4A KingCo championship game between Skyline and Roosevelt high school soccer teams was not decided in regulation play. It also was not decided in the two, five-minute overtime periods.

It all came down to one-on-one penalty kicks.

With no clock, no defenders to contend with and no teammates to help them, it was between shooter and goalie. In the end, Roosevelt won the penalty-kick round, 4-2, and ultimately the KingCo tournament trophy.

Kicking for the Skyline Spartans were Ryan Shim, Sean McDonald, Kaleb Strawn, Pedro Miola and Jason Twaddle. Together, they made 28 of Skyline’s 37 goals this season. McDonald and Strawn each netted a shot for Skyline.

Taking turns with them in the spotlight was Ben Morgan, goalie for the Spartans. Morgan stopped the ball fired by Willie Spurr, a senior forward for Roosevelt. However, the Roughriders’ other four shooters scored, securing the win.

“I still enjoy playing soccer, no matter what,” Morgan said after the game. “Penalty kicks are fun. They don’t show who the better team is — they are just a fun game at the end.”

The Spartans were off to a solid start in the first half. With good movement and communication, Skyline controlled the field the majority of the time. At one point, when Roosevelt was in possession, Shin, a junior midfielder for the Spartans, stole the ball and drove it 60 yards down the field with the help of a one-two pass off Strawn.

“I like the way we were moving in the first half,” Skyline coach Don Braman said.

With the first half winding down, Cole Calabro, a sophomore at Skyline, attempted a volley from five yards out. However, his shot curved left of the post. Then, 32 minutes in, Twaddle scored off a pass from McDonald, giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead. It was Twaddle’s 11th goal this season.

“It felt great,” Twaddle said. “But it wasn’t enough.”

“You have to look at the quality of chances [to score] and we created a lot of quality chances,” Braman said. “Unfortunately, in the second half we created some very good scoring opportunities but we didn’t get the shot.”

The game was tied in the 58th minute. Roosevelt lobbed the ball at Skyline’s goal but Morgan quickly punched it out. However, the Roughriders were ready and waiting and deflected the ball into the back of the net.

Twaddle nearly scored again in the second half, but his shot, with only five minutes left to go in the tied game, was blocked by Roosevelt’s goalie. Regulation play ended with the two teams tied, 1-1.

With both teams holding the other at bay, two scoreless five-minute overtime periods were played.

“Overtime is exhausting. You really have to put all your heart out — who puts out all their heart wins,” Twaddle said. “I thought we got unlucky. We played really well but mess-ups happen.”

“It sucks,” Morgan said. “But it doesn’t matter. Sure we don’t get the shiny trophy but we have a game on Tuesday and that’s much bigger.”

Skyline was set to play its first state-playoff game May 15.

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