Sibley wins adult soccer league championship on penalty kicks
WORTHINGTON -- In a matter of minutes, Adonay went from hero to heartbreak. A forward for El Robles, Adonay netted the equalizer late in the second half Sunday against Sibley during the championship game of the Worthington Adult Soccer League. La...
WORTHINGTON -- In a matter of minutes, Adonay went from hero to heartbreak.
A forward for El Robles, Adonay netted the equalizer late in the second half Sunday against Sibley during the championship game of the Worthington Adult Soccer League.
Later, after two scoreless overtime periods, the game went into penalty kicks.
The first four players on each team netted goals, but Adonay was denied on a diving save by Sibley goalkeeper Ricardo Ibarra.
Adonay walked toward midfield, his hands on his head, and watched as Carlos Martinez calmly fired a shot that caromed off the right post and into the back of the net, earning Sibley a 2-2 (5-4) victory and the championship trophy.
"I don't know; I just blocked it," Ibarra said. "It's a good feeling. I've waited a long time for this day."
With the save, Ibarra also earned a bit of redemption.
Late in the second half, with Sibley down a man, Adonay eluded two defenders and sprinted down the middle of the box toward the goal.
Ibarra raced forward to meet him, but he was too late, and Adonay tapped the ball into the back of the net to record the game's only goal.
Sibley held a 2-1 lead entering the second part of the two-game championship format. The first game was played Oct. 5.
"It was pretty exciting," said Mario Martinez, the league secretary said. "We went to overtime, and then we finished up on penalty shots, which rarely happens. The last time was in 2003."
El Robles, trailing by a goal entering the final game, put the pressure on early.
Less than 10 minutes into the contest, an El Robles player fired a free kick from well outside the box that bent and dived under the crossbar. He and his teammates erupted in celebration, but the goal was disallowed because of an offsides call.
Minutes later, Ibarra made a diving save on an El Robles header from in close.
Later in the half, the same El Robles player had his goal disallowed fired another free kick -- from 10 yards deeper than his first -- that grazed the top of the crossbar.
Later, El Robles' frustrating first half ended on a shot fired just wide of the post on a free-kick opportunity from just outside the box.
Early in the first half, Sibley got its first good scoring opportunity. But Carlos Martinez's header on a cross from Salomon Benetiz sailed just over the crossbar.
Minutes later, Sibely's Marcos Escobar received a red card and was sent off.
Having just nine players on the field didn't stop Sibley from attacking.
Late in the second half, Hernandez rifled a free kick off the far post. El Robles gained possession, and Adonay scored the equalizer just moments later.
In overtime, Carlos Martinez again was denied -- first on a shot from in close and then again on the rebound.
Martinez couldn't be denied on his penalty kick.
After each of El Robles' first four players delivered on their PKs, Vicente Ibarra, Hernandez, Cleiton Zancla and Juan Rodriquez each answered for Sibley before Ricardo Ibarra made his diving save and Martinez deposited his winner.
In the third-place game, La Nueva, which won the past two championship games, earned a 4-1 victory over Michacan.
La Nueva's Oscar Castillo, who allowed just eight goals in 16 regular-season games, was named the league's best goalkeeper.
Sibley's Zancla, who scored a league-high 35 regular-season goals, was named the most valuable player.