BOARDMAN The Riverside boys soccer team escaped a scare in the state quarterfinals Saturday, beating Pleasant Hill 3-2 on penalty kicks.
The game ended in a 2-2 tie but Riverside won the first penalty kick round 4-3. In the round, each team selects five shooters and the team to make the most of five wins. Another tie would have forced a sudden death shootout.
Jovanny Llamas, Francisco Martinez, Erik Ruiz and Jorge Garcia all scored for Riverside on penalty kicks. Llamas and Jose Fernandez scored Riversides goals in regulation, both coming in the first half to make it 2-1 at halftime.
Riverside coach Carlos Velasco said his team was definitely disappointed to see the game go to penalty kicks considering they outshot Pleasant Hill 30-7 but he did credit the visiting team with having an awesome defense.
The Pirates will be without one of their top defenders for their semifinal game Tuesday at No. 1 Catlin Gabel.
Starter Omar Barrera went out with a broken collarbone 25 minutes into the game.
Pleasant Hill tied the score on a corner kick in the 55th minute.
Im proud of my kids, Velasco said. They played good and they played hard today.