SLIDESHOW: West Linn defeats South Eugene in penalty kick thriller
West Linn sophomore Aidan Ferreiro-Bartko will most likely remember this game, as will the rest of the Lions, for the rest of their lives.
The Lion goalkeeper earned the starting role when senior Tyler Davis was unable to play due to illness. Being the quarterfinals of the state playoffs and in a win-or-go-home scenario, this was already a pressure-packed game. Ferreiro-Bartko and his defense stepped up, holding the #3 ranked South Eugene Axe scoreless in both regulation as well as in both 10-minute overtime periods.
As teams moved into the penalty kick phase of the game, the pressure on the goalkeepers and the players chosen to take the penalty kick is palpable.
Ferreiro-Bartko nearly blocked the Axe's first two penalty shots, getting his hands on each but it was South Eugene's sophomore goalkeeper, Tate Glock, who made the first save in goal on West Linn's third penalty kick. With the advantage now firmly in the Axe's favor, all the pressure swung to Ferreiro-Bartko to do the same. And rise to the challenge he did. Not only did he block the Axe's fourth attempt, but he clinched the game for the Lions blocking their fifth shot.
Suddenly what looked like game over for the Lions, turned into a mass dogpile on the keeper after making two clutch saves in goal and giving the Lions a thrilling 4-3 penalty kick shootout win.
The Lions and their fans celebrated on the field as the Axe's season was over, their players crushed by the loss.
West Linn now is one of four teams left still playing for a shot at a state title. They advance to the semifinals this Tuesday night against #2 ranked Jesuit. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. and will take place at Jesuit. The Crusaders advanced after defeating Lincoln 4-0.
Should the Lions advance to the state finals, they would play the winner of the Grant vs Summit game on Saturday, November 13, at Hillsboro Stadium.
Check out our slide show below of all our photos from the Lions' quarterfinal game.
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