North Murray High School boys soccer coach Matt Chambers saw a lot of character in the Mountaineers’ home win Thursday.
He also saw his goalkeeper save the game.
After playing to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime, North Murray won 7-6 on penalty kicks against Region 5-3A foe Sonoraville.
Ismael Cruz’s goal in the 74th minute tied the game for the Mountaineers (3-1, 3-0). In the penalty-kick shootout, North Murray goalkeeper Manuel Gonzalez blocked the fifth shot to preserve a 3-3 tie through the first five attempts.
“The first five, we had two misses,” Chambers said. “Basically he had to save the fourth and fifth shots. They missed the fourth and he blocked the fifth.”
After the teams each made attempts through three rounds of sudden death, North Murray’s Aaron Mendez made his and Gonzalez made a save on Sonoraville’s attempt.
Antonio Maldonado, Humberto Orozco, Victor Iturbero, Jacob Dotson, Dylan Duffy and Alexis Solorzano also made their penalty kicks for North Murray.
“Just for us, it was really a character game,” Chambers said. “(Sonoraville) got a beautiful goal that barely bounced off the top bar and went in. We stuck together, got the equalizer and rode with it to get into PKs.”
• Sonoraville girls 3, North Murray 2: After trailing 3-0 at halftime, the Lady Mountaineers (0-3, 0-3 Region 5-3A) nearly tied the game.
Megan Pittman and Victoria Jacobo each scored a second-half goal for North Murray, while Amber Bandy had eight saves.
• Northwest JV boys 2, Dalton 0: Edward Infante scored both goals for the host Bruins (2-1) — one in each half — with assists from David Franco and Brandon Jimenez, while goalkeeper Rigo Martinez made five saves to secure the shutout.
• North Murray 5, Union County 4: Cole Vaughn was the winning pitcher and helped his cause with a two-run hit in the sixth inning that gave the Mountaineers (2-3) the lead for good.
Union County built a 3-0 lead in the second inning on a double and five walks, but North Murray cut the lead to 3-1 in the fourth then scored four more runs in the sixth on Vaughn’s hit and the Panthers’ errors. Union County threatened in the bottom of the seventh, picking up a run, but Jared Campbell secured the save.
“They came to our place first game of season and beat us, so anytime you can get a little revenge it’s a good thing,” North Murray coach Steve Granger said. “We’re starting to swing the bats a little better and seeing the kids’ confidence level improve, so I feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”
• Heritage-Catoosa 2, Coahulla Creek 1: The Colts (1-3) were held to two hits in the loss in Varnell, with Blake Phillips scoring their only run after reaching on an error, advancing to second on a passed ball, going to third on a fielder’s choice and coming home on another passed ball.
Braiden Jacobs took the loss, allowing both runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four in as many innings of work. Zack Glines allowed four hits and struck out two in three innings of relief.
• Darlington 17, Christian Heritage 5: The Lions (2-3) dropped their Sub-region 6A-A opener at home.
Spencer Robbins went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Nich Bartley was 2-for-4, and Jake Stokes, Tre Mason and Ian Robbins each drove in a run.
Michael McKinney pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs. Nich Bartley, Chase Tidwell and Tyson Cooper combined to pitch the seventh, when Christian Heritage allowed seven runs.
• Calhoun 13, Dalton 1: The visiting Catamounts (1-3) didn’t have any hits and lost for the second time this season to the Yellow Jackets.
Grant Sane had Dalton’s lone RBI, driving in Charlie Martin with a fielder’s choice.
Michael O’Brien started for the Cats. He pitched two innings, allowing five runs off two hits and seven walks while striking out two. Jake Roberts pitched two innings, allowing eight runs off nine hits and one walk.