San Clemente appeared to be on its way to a quarterfinal victory at the Marina boys soccer tournament, holding a one-goal lead over Dana Hills in the final minute of the game.
But with only a few seconds remaining, San Clemente goalkeeper Jake Carter collided with Dana Hills senior Bobby Reynolds while racing toward a ball in the corner of the box.
Reynolds flew head over heels to the ground. Carter was sent off with a yellow card. And Jared Ellis buried a penalty kick in the back of the net for the Dolphins, tying the score 1-1 as the referee’s whistle signaled the end of regulation.
This match would have to be decided on penalty kicks. The Tritons’ missed their first attempt while the Dolphins converted all of theirs to advance to the semifinals on Pks, 5-4. Dana Hills will face Bolsa Grande on Friday at 9 a.m. with the winner advancing into the championship game later in the day at noon.
“We have had a real tough time with San Clemente every year,” Dana Hills coach Mark Torrianni said. “This is a turning point for us. I am so happy for them. They are working hard, and doing everything that we need them to do. I am proud of the boys. We executed and stuck to the game plan. We couldn’t do much about Tristan Weber though. That kid is phenomenal.”
Weber is the one who game San Clemente a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute, curling a 30-yard left-footed strike just inside the far post.
“He has been a little snake bit. He has had a lot of shots go wide, hit the post or go over the top, so it was nice to see him hit one,” San Clemente coach Mike Pronier said. “It might be an icebreaker for him.”
It was an end-to-end game for most of the 70 minutes (the quarterfinals used 35-minute halves) with both teams having plenty of chances to score.
Cole Hansell came within a few inches of giving the Tritons the lead in the first half. His shot after a quick restart in the 30th minute grazed the left post as it rolled out of play.
And Dana Hills senior Kasra…