Daviess Co. upends Covington Catholic in penalty kicks

Daviess Co. upends Covington Catholic in penalty kicks

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Daviess Co. upends Covington Catholic in penalty kicks

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Daviess County High School’s boys soccer team thought it had won the boys soccer state tournament in overtime.

A glancing header by senior midfielder Tommy Booker found the back of the net in the first period of extra time, setting off celebrations for the Panthers players and fans in the crowd. But it wasn’t to be. Booker was ruled offside, and the goal was called off.

Covington Catholic (22-6-2) made Daviess Co. (27-1) wait, but the Panthers pulled it out in the end in dramatic fashion in a penalty kick shootout, winning 2-1 (6-5 in PKs) over the defending champions to take home the state title . Daviess Co. goalkeeper Tyler Croft saved Jacob Blom’s attempt, setting the table for Booker to write his name in history. Booker sent Colonels goalkeeper Thomas Cody the wrong way and scored on a low strike into the left corner before wheeling off to the right, peeling off his shirt, and joining the mob of teammates celebrating on the field.

Coming off a 5-1 rout of Paul Dunbar in the semifinals, the Panthers quickly got on the board when leading scorer Isaac Amaya finished a chance from close range in the 6th minute to give Daviess Co. a 1-0 lead.

In the 19th minute, the Colonels responded, with Cole Stava beating Croft in a one-on-one situation.

The game remained tied through the rest of regulation and then overtime, save for the overturned goal scored by Booker.

In the penalty kick shootout, Covington Catholic missed its first two attempts, one saved by Croft and the other hit over the bar by Michael Vogt. But Daviess Co.’s second attempt by Brian Winkler was stopped by Cody, putting it at 1-0 after two rounds. Both teams made their next two rounds of attempts, until the second kick of the fifth round, which would have clinched it for Daviess Co., as Cody saved Tyler Boling’s penalty kick.

Both teams scored in the sixth and seventh rounds before Croft’s save on Blom set up Booker to score the state-title winning penalty kick.

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