Kelley's goaltending lifts S. Carroll, 1-0 His four saves clinch win over North Carroll during 6-2 shootout


It was as if South Carroll senior goalkeeper Andrew Kelley knew something before everyone else in Winfield.

His Cavaliers and the visiting North Carroll Panthers slowly walked off the field after 100 minutes of scoreless soccer. Kelley, however, was jumping around all smiles.

In the penalty kick deciders shortly after, he made four big saves to lead the Cavaliers to the next round of the Class 3A West region playoffs.

Neil Petroski found the top right corner to clinch the shootout for South Carroll by a 6-2 margin -- leading the Cavaliers to a 1-0 shootout win over North Carroll.

David Fetterhoff, Chris Woodward, Mark Ensor, Brian Gehle and Mark Oswiecimka scored in the shootout for South Carroll before Petroski closed out the match.

It was Kelley who set the tone, diving left to turn back a shot from North Carroll's Zack Ward in the first round. Kelley would go right twice to turn back other North Carroll chances.

"I just felt like it was today everything was going right," said Kelley. "I live for that. I love the spotlight."

South Carroll (2-9-2) advances while North Carroll's season comes to an end at 6-5-2 under first-year coach Benny Snyder.

After combining to score 11 goals during two regular-season meetings, both teams had problems finding the net last night.

"I'm proud of my kids. They played with a lot of heart and had a lot of adversity, which we got over and finished strong," Snyder said.

Two 40-minute regulation periods came and went.

Two more 10-minute overtime sessions followed without a goal.

Shots went wide, players weren't open, and the two goalkeepers -- Kelley and North Carroll's Justin Malbrough -- came up big when called upon.

The Cavaliers could have ended it in regulation when Oswiecimka was dragged down in the left corner of the penalty area.

A penalty kick was awarded, but Ensor missed wide right to keep the game scoreless.

Both teams had a couple of scoring opportunities in the first half.

South Carroll's best chance came midway through when senior Tim Jenkins intercepted a clear attempt by Malbrough.

With Malbrough off his line, Jenkins sent a shot at the empty net, but Malbrough was able to recover just in time to send it wide.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, North Carroll's Ryan Bowles fired a left-footed shot from just outside the 18-yard mark that Kelly turned aside.

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