DENVER — It took penalty kicks to decide the AII Conference Tournament semifinal game between Central Christian College’s men’s soccer team and Johnson and Wales on Friday.
After the teams had played to a 1-1 draw in regulation and the two overtimes, the Wildcats had a 4-3 advantage in PKs to win the game and move on to the finals.
CCC, which had defeated Johnson and Wales earlier this season, led 1-0 on an early goal by David Martinez-Salinas. The Wildcats got the equalizer at the 37:51 mark.
“PK's suck...except when you win,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “I’m proud of my guys, they gave me 100 percent, defended valiantly, had great GK play and competed for 110 minutes. I wish we had more to play because we could have kept going.”
The result actually goes down as a tie on CCC’s record as it’s now 9-7-2. It will be back in Denver next week to compete in the NCCAA regional tournament.