Goalkeeper saves H.-W. in shootout

first_imgBut, thanks to Zachary Mirman’s goal off Daniel Halim’s throw-in in the 78th minute and succesful penalty kick from Thomas McAndrews and Chris Okano, Harvard-Westlake snapped Royal’s 23-game unbeaten streak and advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. “Our guys wanted a rematch with Royal and it’s been on our minds since the day we found out we were playing them,” Harvard-Westlake coach Freddy Arroyo said. Following Mirman’s goal, the Wolverines nearly took the lead twice before the shootout, but Patrick Keane kicked the ball away from Okano in front of an open net in regulation and Eldridge came up with a kick save on Stephen Jackson’s shot in the first 10-minute overtime. With tensions mounting during both sudden-death periods, Eldridge apparently punched Kremer following the first round of penalty kicks. That added more motivation for Kremer, who recorded his lone stop during the shootout in between two costly Royal misses to keep the Wolverines’ playoff run alive following an 0-5 start to the season. Kremer stopped Eddie Melgarejo’s penalty kick in the third round of the shootout and converted the subsequent shot for the Wolverines to lead host Harvard-Westlake to a 3-1 victory on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 tie. The victory was sweet revenge for the Wolverines (17-10-1), who suffered a 5-0loss Dec. 1 to Royal (22-2-5) in the Burroughs of Burbank tournament. Matthew Kremer absorbed two shots from the Royal of Simi Valley boys’ soccer team, the first on a goal by Rafael Alvarez and the second during an altercation with Highlanders’ goalkeeper Nick Eldridge during penalty kicks. But the Harvard-Westlake of Studio City goalkeeper had the final say Wednesday, delivering the knockout punch to end visiting Royal’s season in the second round of the Southern Section Div. I playoffs. center_img -Erik Boal DIV. II Saugus 4, Santa Barbara 2: Larry Guizar scored twice for the host Centurions to give him 17 on the season. Kyle Ernsberger and Josh Coefield also scored for Saugus. DIV. VI (16-8-3) Viewpoint 2, Montclair Prep 0: Spencer Brown scored both goals for host Viewpoint of Calabasas (18-0-6) in a victory against Montclair Prep of Panorama City (12-11-3). CITY SECTION Chatsworth 1, Manual Arts 0: Bob Colocho scored the game’s lone goal to lead host Chatsworth (18-6-2) to a win over Manual Arts of Los Angeles. Sylmar 2, Birmingham 0: Liberato Cabrera scored twice on assists from Jorge Serrano to lead Sylmar (21-2-3) to a victory at Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Canoga Park 2, Banning 0: Rafael Garcia and Jeffrey Quijano scored for top-seeded Canoga Park (21-0-1) in a win over visiting Banning of Willington. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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