May 6, 2014

Prep roundup: PKs are downfall for Colts

The best season yet for Coahul-la Creek High School’s boys soccer ended in heartbreaking fashion.

Just five days after their first state tournament win, the Colts lasted 90 scoreless minutes and seven penalty kicks before faltering on the eighth of the shootout and losing to Oconee County in the second round of the Class 3A bracket.

Neither side scored for the 80 minutes of regulation or the 10 minutes of extra time despite each having nine shots. When the match went to a shootout, both teams made all five of their penalty kicks, sending the match to a sudden-victory shootout in which a team wins if it converts a penalty kick and the opponent doesn’t.

Coahulla Creek (14-4-1) missed on its eighth try, giving Region 8 champion Oconee County (17-3) the win.

“We weren’t complacent or content today,” said Coahulla Creek coach Eric Parker, whose team finished second in Region 5 and beat Buford 3-2 in overtime in last Thursday’s opening round.

“We played a very physical game. We played hard and well. When their fans are coming and telling you that you have a ‘phenomenal’ team, then you’re doing something in the state. You’re making noise.”

Adrian Rodriguez, Jo-An Barcenas, Alex Vivar, Martin Garcia and Pedro Garcia converted the first five penalty kicks for the Colts. Irwin Rivera made the sixth, while Gustavo Mendiola converted the seventh. Parker declined to give the name of the player who missed.

He said the Colts had chances to score — and win — in regulation.

“The field was thin and narrow,” he said. “We had two headers off throw-ins glance off the post. We had some opportunities.”

Coahulla Creek goalkeeper Missael Fraire made nine saves.

Barcenas, Pedro Garcia and Rivera are seniors, along with David Aguilar, Wilbert Escobedo, Sadoth Fraire, Manuel Morales, Ivan Perez and David Rodriguez.

Greater Atlanta Christian 7, Murray County 0: The Indians (14-6) managed just four shots as their season ended in the second round of the Class 2A state tournament.

Roberto Zuniga made 18 saves for Murray County, which trailed 4-0 at halftime. The host Spartans scored nine minutes into the match and then three times in a 10-minute span before the first half’s conclusion.

“I’m not disappointed with the effort, which was good from the players,” Murray County coach Marco Burgueno said.

The Indians lost 3-0 to Lovett in last year’s first round but won 10-0 against Chattahoochee County to advance this season.

They met a Greater Atlanta Christian team that won the Region 6-2A title, is undefeated 20 matches into this season and holds the top spot in the eurosportscoreboard.com Class 2A rankings.

Murray County, Region 7-2A’s runner-up, was ranked sixth.

“(This year’s success) is something to build on to make deeper runs in future years,” Burgueno said.

The Indians’ roster included 11 seniors — Fernando Arias, Domingo Bautista, Ricardo Garcia, Cody King, Joel Lopez, Jesus Moran, Jose Moreno, Filiberto Nuñez, Cesar Romero, Zuniga and leading scorer Jose Ruiz, who finished the year with 44 goals.

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