Boys Soccer: Lockport tops Stagg in penalty-kick shootout
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media October 10, 2013 9:54PM
Updated: October 10, 2013 10:59PM
David Villa doesn’t start and sees limited playing time for Lockport.
However, when it came time for a shootout Thursday night, Porters coach Chris Beal had no doubt the sophomore would be in the lineup.
“When we work on PKs, David puts them in the same spot every time,” Beal said.
Villa put it there again Thursday and in the process clinched one of the biggest wins in Lockport soccer history as the Porters put themselves in prime position for their first outright SouthWest Suburban Blue title with a 2-1 win over Stagg in Palos Hills.
Lockport (13-3-2, 4-0) won the shootout by a 3-0 count and can win the Blue outright with victories over Homewood-Flossmoor and Joliet West. Lockport last shared the title in 2008.
Dan Michalik and Sean McAffrey scored for Lockport in the first two rounds of the shootout while the Chargers (10-4, 3-2) came up empty on three straight attempts.
Greg Zieba made two saves in the shootout for the Porters, lunging to his left to make a beautiful stop on Sebastian Kolpak’s shot, then making a kick save to deny Phil Kolesinski.
“It’s amazing,” Zieba said. “The adrenaline rush and the craziness of winning this one, it’s exhilarating.”
Zieba set the stage for Villa, a left-footed kicker who went high with a shot to his right to set off the celebration.
“I always try to go for that spot no matter if the goalie is tall or short,” Villa said. “That last PK, there’s so much pressure, everyone’s looking at it you. To get that one, it’s a great feeling.”
Stagg struck first with 31:04 left in the match on a beautifully executed corner. Beto Torres’ cross found Kolesinski at the far post, from where Kolesinski headed the ball to Alfonso Avila across the box, from where Avila headed it home.
The Porters drew even on McAffrey’s goal off a long ball from Chris Monte with 19:35 to go.
“We beat Sandburg (on Tuesday) and Stagg in the same week,” McAffrey said. “I don’t think we’ve ever done that.
“Maybe in the 1900s or something.”