SHELBYVILLE – Greenwood Christian Academy, for a third consecutive season, has played spoiler to the postseason hopes of the Oldenburg Academy boys soccer team.
Wednesday night’s (Oct. 9) installment in the series was an outright gut punch.
Tied 0-0 following the two seven-minute overtime periods of the Southwestern Shelbyville sectional semifinal, play entered the deciding penalty kick round.
The Cougars made their first attempt off the foot of Fernando Lagunas, but the Twisters quickly tied things up courtesy of Max Kirschner’s make.
Sam Graves was up next for GCA, skidding one off the left post and into the net. OA’s Sam Mahoney then stepped up for the tie. His shot was sent away by senior goalkeeper Gabe Vessely, though the latter was called for a positioning infraction. Mahoney’s second try was true.
Greenwood Christian’s Josue Mier put his team up 3-2 on the ensuing kick. The count stayed there when sophomore Eric Cornelius booted one well over the crossbar.
GCA soon had a two-kick lead after Luke Walters banged one into the upper 90 off the fingertips of the Twisters’ junior goalkeeper Chris Hautman. Adam Huber then cut the deficit to one at 4-3.
The next series featured a battle of keepers. Vessely lined up against Hautman but his attempt was parried by OA’s 6-foot goalie to the sheer delight of the Twister fans.
It was up to Hautman to prolong the Oldenburg season, but Vessely was up to the task. The shot was rejected, leaving the Twisters in dismay as the Cougar bench stormed the field in celebration.
Prior to the PK finish, the Twister defense was unblemished as per usual. Through 94 minutes, OA had posted a clean slate for the 12th time in 2019.
Hautman had a pair of routine saves in the first overtime period. The Cougars then went on the attack late in the next OT session.
A corner kick with 90 seconds to go was punted directly into Hautman’s waiting arms. Finally, as the clock ticked under 10 seconds, GCA was awarded a throw-in. The ball was headed to the far side by the Cougars, but with no one trailing the play, it bounded harmlessly to the left side of the goal.
Oldenburg finished the year at 10-3-4, saying goodbye to seniors Ben Kraus, Mahoney, Adley Kuhlmann, Huber, Noah Schmahl, Austin Kersey, Kirschner and Noah Henson.