After splitting the regular season series 1-1, Parkview Baptist boys soccer coach Roger Charcap told his team if they couldn’t get excited for a rubber match with district rival Dunham, they must not be able to get up for anything.
The No. 14-seeded Eagles (15-10) listened and defeated the No. 19 Tigers 2-1 in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Friday night at PBS.
“That last game they beat us and we were able to get back at them and get that win again,” Charcap said. “It was a good result for the boys. They battled, (Dunham) made us fight for it, and that’s what the playoffs are all about.”
Parkview advances to play Northlake Christian in the second round. Northlake Christian defeated Ascension Episcopal 3-0 on Friday night.
The two schools spent the first 54 minutes feeling each other out as neither team produced much offense. But in the 55th minute, one of Parkview’s youngest players, freshman Griffin Fetters, looked up to see the Dunham keeper Parker Farris off his line.
So Fetters took a chance and ripped a shot toward goal from 35 yards out where he watched the ball sail just under the cross bar.
“I basically saw an opening to cut inside and take another shot,” Fetters said. “… It was one of the best moments of my soccer career.”
The Eagles didn’t wait long to add a little security to their lead, netting another goal less than a minute later. A lapse in communication by the Dunham (9-10-4) defense contributed to that goal. Ferris bobbled the ball right into the path of Parkview forward Aysar Sheikha, who scooped up the rebound for an uncontested shot.
Dunham responsed just two minutes later when a shove in the box awarded forward Ryan Robinson a penalty kick in the 58th minute.
Robinson easily put the ball in the back of the net to cut the lead to 2-1.
“We played three minutes of bad soccer,” Dunham coach Willie Davis said. “… This year, they beat us once, we beat them once, and I think this game, it had an extra bite to it.”
Dunham had a chance at posting an equalizer on the final play of the night when senior Trent Miller lined up for a set piece from about 30 yards out, but Parkview keeper Will Foreman was there to send the Eagles into the next round of the postseason.
CATHOLIC 8, AIRLINE 2: Catholic’s Parker Caufield registered a hat trick as the Bears opened the Division I boys soccer playoffs with a victory over Airline on Friday at the Burbank Soccer Complex.
Other goal scorers for the Bears (15-1-5) included Kilian Neames, Bobby Lee, Andrew Wilson, Matthew Morales and Brenner Keaton. Bryan Medrano and Kham Hang scored Airline’s goals.
Bears goalkeeper Patrick Riley had three saves, and Airline’s Cole Edwards collected nine saves.
Next action for the Bears will be a regional-round game against the Byrd-Sulphur winner.