IDAHO FALLS â€” The 4A boys soccer consolation championship match went as far as it could go on a blustery Saturday morning as the Blackfoot Broncos and the Jerome Tigers played dead even through 100 minutes of play before the Broncos prevailed by winning the match 4-2 on penalty kicks.
"I felt that this game summed up our entire tournament," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "We had lots of chances but we were just wasteful in front of the goal and then we have a little lapse on the defensive end and give up a cheap goal. Honestly, I don't think that this game should have gone to penalty kicks."
The game started well enough when Andy Garcia put the Broncos on top 1-0 less than ten minutes into the game. Jerome answered back with a Gerardo Gonzalez goal in the thirty-second minute which capped all of the scoring until the shootout.
The Broncos nearly avoided the shootout with a pair of chances in the final minute of the second ten minute overtime period but one shot went high over the cross bar and the second attempt was blocked by the sprawling Jerome goal keeper.
Blackfoot won the toss before the shootout and elected to shoot second. On Jerome's first attempt the Jerome shooter pushed the ball wide to the right to give the Broncos an opening. Blackfoot stepped through that open door when Ramon Rivas buried his penalty shot into the corner of the net for the 1-0 advantage.
On the next Jerome shot it was special agent Ozzie Osegurea who stood tall as the double-o agent made a clean save diving to his left to keep the Tigers off of the board.
"With a penalty kick the shot is so close and so hard I just try to get a read on what the kicker is going to try and do and then try to anticipate that," Oseguera said. "On that second kick, I had a pretty good idea that he was going left. It feels good to get the win. We worked so hard and to know that we are among the best in the state means a lot."
"Ozzie is a high class goal keeper," Coach Pope said. "It's nice to have him in goal. He is just so systematic. He is just calm, cool and came up massive for us."
On the ensuing Blackfoot penalty kick Andy Garcia came up big for the Broncos as he gave Blackfoot the 2-0 advantage with a shot to the lower left hand corner of the goal.
Jerome were able to convert on their next two attempts but jesus Pelayo closed out any thought of a loss with his perfectly executed penalty shot to lift the Broncos to the consolation championship with the final 4-2 penalty shot finale.
"Before the season began I talked to the boys about defending the state championship properly," Coach Pope said. "We didn't win a state championship but I believe that we defended the title properly. We had a good season and now, this is going to be the expectation of the Blackfoot program. To be here at state is the new expectation."
In addition to the consolation championship, Blackfoot (15-2-1) were also presented with the 4A sportsmanship award during halftime of Saturday's contest.