PORTLAND - The Umatilla Vikings pulled off the upset of the boys' soccer playoffs Tuesday with a 2-1 thriller of a victory over the three-time state champion Oregon Episcopal Aardvarks.
The victory came in a sudden-death shootout, as two halves, two overtime periods and a standard shootout weren't enough to determine the first round winner.
Samuel Navarrete came in to play goalkeeper for the shootout and blocked OES' seventh and final shot on goal, sending the former nemesis out of the playoffs. Umatilla freshman Danny Campos scored the goal for the Vikings that sealed the win.
Yeldar Orduna scored in the first half against an Aardvark defense that only allowed five goals all season. The home team came back to tie the game midway through the second half and the two remained knotted through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
Both teams made the first five shots of the shootout, bringing on the sudden death portion of the contest.
Pedro Ortiz, Adrian Soto, Jorge Campos, Maximo McCreeli, Orduna, Cesar Guzman and Danny Campos all made shots in the shootout.
Oregon Episcopal has eliminated Umatilla from the playoffs each of the past three years on their way to state titles, and coach Pedro Ortiz said the game was of championship quality.
"I have to be honest, they're a very good team," he said. "We knew we'd have to use whatever we had to win, and we did. They put pressure on us all the time."
Umatilla will get back on the road Saturday and travel to Portland Adventist, which upset Gervais 2-0, for the second round game.