After 100 minutes of no scoring in Thursday’s game between Helias and Sacred Heart, Gremlin goalkeeper Sebastian Aguero became the hero by keeping three of the Crusaders’ penalty kicks out of the goal to help seal the win at Clover Dell Park.
Aguero dove right to save the first penalty kick and dove left to keep Helias’ second one out of the goal.
“When I told you at the beginning of the year that Sebastian is a true goalkeeper and he proved it (Thursday),” said Gremlins coach Travis Cooper. “PK’s are hard to save and he proved right there why he’s in the net for us this year.”
The Crusaders made their third penalty kick, but the fourth went off the top post.
Aguero, Teagan Trammell and Chris Mergen all made penalty kicks to make the final 3-1.
Thursday was Sacred Heart’s third straight game against a Class 3 team.
“We’re in a real tough part of our schedule, so credit to these guys so sucking it up and playing hard,” Cooper said. “It’s tough to play that many hard matches in a row.”
The Gremlins had many chances to score in the second half, but weren’t able to capitalize.
With about three minutes remaining, Max Martin passed the ball up to Alden Harding but the keeper made the save.
Martin had a shot in front of the goal with about two minutes remaining but the Helias keeper once again made the save.
Helias had the final run at the end of regulation with a corner kick with three seconds remaining, but Aguero collected the ball.
Harding had several other shots to score, but the Helias keeper was there to make the stops.
With about 31 minutes remaining in regulation, the goalkeeper slid straight for Harding and his shot went just wide right.
The Gremlins will play at Southern Boone on Tuesday.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.