Franklin wins in shootout, 3-2 Parkville falls short in region title game Boys soccer

November 07, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Parkville's fourth-seeded boys soccer team gave No. 2 seed Franklin all it had in last night's Class 3A, North Region championship game at Hereford.

And still it wasn't enough.

Franklin, which had defeated Parkville, 7-1, in its opener, battled the Knights to a 1-1 tie through two overtime periods, and the teams still were even after a shootout that finished in an 8-8 deadlock.

So, the teams went to a sudden-death shootout, and that's where Franklin iced the title with a 3-2 victory.

"We lost on penalty kicks last year and we worked and worked and worked on them and it paid off," said Franklin coach Bob Herring. "Parkville is a great team and I think they showed that tonight."

The Indians (10-1-2), who advanced to the finals by defeating 11th-ranked and No. 3-seeded C. Milton Wright, 2-1, started the scoring in the game's 29th minute when junior Bob Kemmery's 40-yard blast found the upper-right corner of the net, just out of the reach of Parkville goalkeeper Damien Mitchell (18 saves).

Parkville (7-5-2), which earned a berth in the final by winning an 8-5 shootout over top-seeded and 14th-ranked Dundalk, knotted the game at 1-1 with 10:48 remaining.

Senior midfielder Greg Hines set up the score when he dribbled through two defenders and shuffled a pass to senior forward Kevin Forrester for the easy goal.

Both teams had opportunities to score in the waning seconds of regulation but Hines' direct kick was intercepted by Franklin's sophomore keeper Alex Balbir (15 saves) and Nick Heinz's shot was picked out of the air by Mitchell, who went horizontal to make the save.

In the sudden-death shootout, senior striker Noah Egorin scored the game-winner for Franklin after Mark Kahl's shot went wide right.

"This team hasn't made it to the state region playoffs since 1986, so we've come a long way," said Parkville coach Joe Smith, whose team got off to a 1-3 start earlier this season.

"It's such a letdown to lose a game on a thing like this but I guess that's all part of the game. We still have a lot to be proud of."

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