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Penalty kick duel decides MVC championship

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FARMINGTON – The boys Mountain Valley Conference championship was decided in a penalty kick duel after a 2-2 tie and two overtime periods were played today on the green fields at Mt. Blue High School. In the end it was Lisbon’s greyhounds (12-1) who came up with one more successful penalty kick goal than Mt. Abram’s roadrunners (11-2-1) in a down-to-the-wire thriller.

Mt. Abram led 2-1 at the half, but with 29 minutes left in the game, the greyhounds made it an even 2-2. A little over a minute later Lisbon knocked another in but it was called back after the ref ruled offensive players were offsides.


Mt. Abram’s forward Dimitrije Popovic tries to bang one in but it’s deflected off a Lisbon player’s foot close to the net in the Mountain Valley Conference final. Lisbon finished on top after a penalty kick duel followed two overtime periods.

In the final five minutes, the Roadrunner’s midfielder Andy Carleton threatened to uneven the score but the ball hit Lisbon’s goal crossbar and bounced back into play. Mt. Abram’s goal keeper Sam Simpson was also kept busy in the final minutes with several attempts by Lisbon to score in the back and forth action.

Neither team scored in the two allotted 5-minute overtime periods so the championship had to come down to penalty kicks.

Lisbon’s Kyle Huston made his kick but Mt. Abram’s Ian Daly’s attempt went slightly wide of the net. The next two Lisbon and two Mt. Abram kicks were good. Then the Greyhound’s George Clement’s kick was stopped by Mt. Abram’s goal keeper Simpson and the PKs were tied after Mt. Abram’s Ethan Eisenhaur’s kick sailed past Lisbon’s goalie Derrick Lycette. Lisbon made the next kick but Mt. Abram’s was stopped by Lycette and the game was over.


Mt. Abram’s Jake Carlton keeps the ball in down the line in the Mountain Valley Conference final today.

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