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The Patriots' season ends in penalty kicks as Forest Park advances to the Group AAA tournament.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
A couple of inches were all Patrick Henry’s soccer team needed; maybe just an inch. That inch was not available as the Patriots were not able to score the clinching goal against Forest Park, losing 2-1 in penalty kicks Wednesday.
Had sophomore Aaron Kovac’s shot been an inch lower when it clunked the crossbar, it would likely have hit the ground behind the goal line and put the Patriots ahead with a shade over five minutes to play. As it was, the ball hit just in front of the goal line and was swept away by goalkeeper C.J. Chambers.
The 80 minutes of regulation ended in a 1-all draw, followed by 20 minutes of scoreless overtime.
A game that would determine a berth in the Group AAA state tournament had to be decided by penalty kicks.
Forest Park got an early edge when Chambers read Zach Paget’s bluff and guessed the PH senior would aim for the left post.
“I was watching him and he was just looking to the right,” Chambers said. “He didn’t look to the left at all. We practice PK’s and when they just look to one side they always go to the other side, so I pretty much knew he was going to go left.”
Chambers’ guess was money for the Bruins (16-2-2) as he was able to make a diving save just inside the left post. Neither team missed a penalty kick after that, but Brandon Clegg’s successful shot to the lower left corner made a fifth shot for the Patriots moot.
Clegg earned his letter as the only Forest Park player to score in regulation, scoring an unassisted goal when he gathered a lose ball 35 yards out and dashed to the goal. Freshman goalie Christian Paget moved out to challenge the possession, but Clegg kicked it past him at the top of the penalty area and into the left side of the net.
“He started to cheat a little to the right so I went to the left,” Clegg said.
The equalizer came in the 60th minute, when Paget had to battle the setting sun in addition to the Bruins offense.
The game was played predominately in the middle of the field, with each defense able to clear the ball out of the penalty area more than looking to start an offensive rush.
“We’ve been successful playing that type of play all year,” said PH coach Chris Dowdy. “Once we got in the game we probably could have settled in a little more, but that’s hindsight. The guys did a great job with that style of play.
Forest Park coach Justin Jostwick said the battling at midfield made fatigue a factor, which wasn’t aided by the added minutes of overtime. He came away impressed with the Patriots’ effort and relieved to go back to Woodbridge with a win.
“We’ve never faced a team all year that gets more out of their kids than they do, ” Jostwick said. “I can tell they’re very well coached and I knew we’d have a slow start.”
In the first 20 minutes PH controlled all aspects of the game. In the 14th minute Sam Lodebole fired a shot to the right side of the goal that Chambers saved, but his effort took him to the right post. Zach Paget tapped the ball in front of the open net where Emmanuel Scere knocked in a goal.
The second 20 minutes of the first half saw the Bruins take control of the game, but Christian Paget and the backline defenders were able to turn aside every threat.
Patrick Henry finishes the season with a record of 14-5-3.
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