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Monday, October 28, 2013 12:00 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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KALIDA — Lima Central Catholic had ousted Miller City in a penalty kick shootout Wednesday night to advance to Saturday’s Division III boys District final versus Kalida.

The same thing happened Saturday afternoon at Kalida Soccer Stadium, just a different result.

The Wildcats won the shootout 4-3 — with junior keeper Brent Hovest saving the final two Thunderbird PKs — to grab a 2-1 victory.

The Wildcats (14-2-3) move on to battle Toledo Ottawa Hills at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tiffin Columbian.

With the loss, Thunderbird mentor Bryan Burkholder coached his final match.

“I have known Bryan since the 80s. I have so much respect for his program and I wish him luck down in Columbus; hopefully, he won’t leave coaching entirely,” Kalida mentor Mark Czubik explained. “It’s a shame somebody had to lose this matchup and go home; both teams were so even. It could have gone either way, it was so close. A bounce here or there could have made the difference.”

Kalida’s Ian Richey found the net first in the shootout, with Zach Schroeder responding.

Devin Kortokrax missed left and Sean Daley found the net for a 2-1 LCC edge.

Luke Langhals and Matt McNamara traded PK makes for a 3-2 LCC lead.

Jordan Kortokrax tied it at 3 but Hovest (credited with 3 saves vs. 7 shots on-goal) dove to get enough of Ryan Recker’s shot to get the stop.

Adam Langhals beat LCC netminder Ben Stechschulte (credited with 7 saves versus 9 shots on-goal) for a 4-3 PK lead and Hovest got the final stop, stoning Joseph Eisele.

“I threw out the date Aug. 20 to the kids before the match. That was our opener and we lost it 5-0; we were wondering what that meant for our season and what kind of team we had,” Czubik added. “We didn’t hang our heads but go back to work. We worked every day to get better and we improved steadily as we moved on.”

LCC (15-4-1) — with a strong wind at their backs the first half — got on board at 29:35. Daley’s shot from near midfield handcuffed Hovest and the orb bounced off the keeper’s hands and into the back of the twine for a 1-0 edge.

The Wildcats controlled the ball much of the rest of the half but couldn’t break through, getting their best chance at the equalizer at 8:30 when Richey had a 25-yarder that just missed the left post.

LCC had a shot at 13:40 when Daley fired a laser from 22 yards but Hovest dove to knock it away.

Kalida continued to own possession of the ball much of the second half but couldn’t get through.

Stechschulte made two stops — at 34:00 (a 12-yarder by Austin Swift) and at 31:20 (a 30-yarder by Brandon Verhoff) — but not at 29:54. Off a corner kick from the right side, Logan Roebke made a short pass from the post to the middle, where Adam Langhals smacked an 8-yarder past Stechschulte for a 1-1 tie.

Stechschulte made a pair of saves the rest of the half: at 20:02 on Trevor Guisinger’s 16-yarder; and at 8:10 on Drew Hovest’s 28-yarder.

The Thunderbirds had a great chance when Brent Hovest was called for handling the ball — after a stop — outside the 18, giving McNamara a 20-yarder in the middle. However, he missed over the top.

Richey fired a 28-yarder over the bar with four ticks left to end the regulation time.

In the first 15-minute sudden-victory overtime, both teams had a chance. At 7:53, Brent Hovest deflected a 25-yarder by McNamara, while Richey had a pair of 14-yarders at 3:16 and 3:10; the first was deflected by a defender and the second was denied by Stechschulte.

Both teams had one shot in the second overtime but neither was on-goal, forcing the PK shootout.

 

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