Soccer Wins in Penalty Kicks

Soccer beats Lakes in penalty kicks 2-2 (5-4).

Steffanie Richardson

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Boys Varsity soccer players had a tough game against Lakes Tuesday, September 27. Antioch won the game by scoring one more penalty kick, the final score being 2-2 (5-4).  

Everyone was very nervous coming into this game, which turned into excitement.

“With the boys playing so well in their past two games I was of course nervous for the game, and I wanted it so bad for them,” head coach Marni Polakow said. “If I wasn’t nervous that would mean that I didn’t care.”

The game’s intensity grew tremendously towards the end of the second half; the score was 2-2 and they knew that they were going to go into penalty kicks. Antioch and Lakes drew even through the first two rounds of penalty kicks with goals from both Gabe Tijernia and Zach Espitia. Lakes then took the lead 3-2.

Then senior goalkeeper Alex Ruano stepped up with a huge save, giving the Sequoits a chance to tie. Junior Rolando Vazquez did not disappoint and the score was 4-4. Lakes followed that up with a shot wide of the post, giving the sequoits a chance to win the game.

Tension rose as senior Cody Matonik stepped up for the final penalty kick with the game on the line.

Matonik shoots the ball and it ends up in the back of the net, making it a Sequoit win.

“I started getting nervous as Cody was getting ready to kick and when he made it the weight was lifted off of my shoulders because we have just won against Lakes,” junior Peter Boeh said.

The boys faced a tough opponent in Lakes, but pulled through and managed to take home a huge win.