Blackhawks win shootout, APSL crown


The San Francisco Bay Blackhawks managed to do what the Maryland Bays couldn't, outshoot Albany on penalty kicks, 4-3, and win the American Professional Soccer League championship.

In front of a home crowd of 12,411 in San Jose State Stadium, San Francisco used goals by Townsend Qin and Marcelo Balboa to even the finals at one game apiece, with a 2-0 victory in Game 2.

It then was forced to out-shoot Albany on penalty kicks, when the 30-minute mini-game ended in a draw.

For Albany it looked like a replay of the semifinal, where it had defeated the Maryland Bays. But in that shootout, goalkeeper Scoop Stanisic was perfect. Saturday, he was only human.

Stanisic made only one save, as Blackhawks Dominic Kinnear, Qin and Jorge Salazar each scored.

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