Soccer

High school boys soccer: Jacobs defeats Dundee-Crown in PKs for sectional title

Jacobs' boys soccer team beat Dundee-Crown, 1-0 (5-4 PKs), to win the Class 3A DeKalb Sectional championship on Saturday. Photo provided by Jacobs athletics.
Jacobs' boys soccer team beat Dundee-Crown, 1-0 (5-4 PKs), to win the Class 3A DeKalb Sectional championship on Saturday. Photo provided by Jacobs athletics.

Jacobs' Sam Rainer scored the decisive goal in a penalty-kick shootout to send the Golden Eagles past Dundee-Crown, 1-0, Saturday for the Class 3A DeKalb Sectional championship.

Jacobs (16-4-3) won in penalty kicks, 5-4, and will play West Chicago at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Conant Supersectional. The winner advances to the state semifinals in Hoffman Estates. The Eagles have won three sectional titles in four years.

Jacobs and D-C (14-10-1) went scoreless after 100 minutes and were tied, 4-4, after the first round of penalty kicks – sending the championship to sudden-death penalties.

The Chargers shot high on their sixth penalty to set up the game-winning opportunity for Rainer, who shot low and to the left for the clincher. Also scoring in penalty kicks for Jacobs were Liam Armstrong, Johnny O'Connor, Alex Nicastro and Jesse Nunez.

Nunez knocked in the Eagles' fifth penalty shot to send it to sudden death after a miss by D-C.

Preston Krahl made four saves in regulation for Jacobs, while Armstrong stepped in for penalty kicks. Both of D-C's misses in penalties went over the crossbar.

"As far as dangerous chances go, it was pretty back and forth the whole game," Eagles coach Colin Brice said. "It was awesome. The boys were excited. We beat [D-C] in the regular season, but that didn't mean anything because of the rivalry we have.

"We knew it was going to be a gritty game. It's always a close game, and it's always a battle. The boys deserved it, and they worked hard. Either team could have walked away with a win."

Jacobs, which returned 10 starters this year, never has advanced past a supersectional.

"We knew we had a solid squad coming back, but I probably wouldn't have guessed we'd go this far considering boys soccer in the 3A division is so competitive," Brice said. "The boys worked hard for it, and they earned it. It's fantastic."

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