Two penalty kicks proved to be the difference as Belaire edged Hannan 4-3 in a nondistrict boys soccer match Friday night in Covington.
Belaire (11-4-3) concludes its regular season Saturday against at Woodlawn in District 4-II action, while Hannan (5-11, 1-3) wraps up its regular season Saturday against Covington and Bonnabel in a tournament.
Belaire coach Tyler Love said he was pleased with his team’s performance in a game that came down to penalty kicks.
“The difference for us tonight ended up being a pair of penalty kicks,” Love said. “I hate that stuff like that happens, but I will take them where I can get them. We had a couple of them go against us in a recent game against Zachary.”
After dominating the first 10-plus minutes of possession, Belaire broke through in the 12th minute. Sophomore Denis Alvarez found his way deep into the Hannan box, slipping a shot past the Hannan goaltender to make it 1-0 Bengals.
Less than a minute later,the Hawks tied the game 1-1 when Connor Myers pass found a streaking Avery Ferrara. The senior midfielder found the back of the net, putting Hannan back in the game.
Ferrara put the Hawks up 2-1 in the 19th minute after some impressive footwork that saw him work past three Belaire defenders before a shot from less than 10 yards out.
Rony Castellonas tied the game in the 35th minute on a rebound from his own penalty kick.
Jesus Canales put Belaire back in front in the 57th minute on a penalty kick. Castellonas’ second goal of the match gave the Bengals a 4-2 lead.
Hannan senior Josh Parker had a goal in stoppage time to cut the lead to 4-3.
The regular-season finales for Hannan and Belaire are not expected to be the final games of the season for either squad. Both the Hawks and Bengals are projected to make the playoffs when the brackets are announced Feb. 3.
Hannan is currently ranked 24th in Division IV while Belaire is 26th in Division II.
“We have at least one more game tomorrow against a really good Woodlawn program,” Love said. “Our ultimate goal is to try and extend it by at least one more game and get into the postseason. This win tonight hopefully helps us get towards accomplishing that goal.”