PRINCETON, Ind. – The Mt. Carmel soccer boys saved their best for last in Big 8 Conference play.
Monday, the Aces recorded their first league win in the Big 8 finale, beating Princeton on penalty kicks after finishing regulation and overtime in a 1-1 tie.
The Tigers made two of their first three penalty kicks, while the Aces’ started off with Ryan Webb, Jesse Brown and Hunter Lewis all hitting their shots for a 3-2 lead. When Princeton missed its fourth OT kick, Quaid Rodgers got a chance to seal the win, which he did by putting the ball in the upper left corner of the net to end the match. Triston Dillard was next in line if Rodgers had missed.
Mt. Carmel (2-12-1, 1-6 in Big 8) plays at Newton on Monday.
The Aces scored 17 minutes in to the game on a goal from Hunter Lewis, assisted by Brayden Stipp. The score remained 1 – 0 until Princeton equalized at the 45-minute mark. No further scoring took place through regulation and the 14 minutes of overtime, leaving the outcome of the game up to penalty kicks.
“The game was played in sloppy conditions from the recent rain, which somewhat affected our short passing,” said Mt. Carmel coach Ed Berberich. “But we managed to get 10 shots off, with five of those being chances that we really should’ve finished off to put this game away.”