Sacred Heart got back into the win column with a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Clinton Cardinals in penalty kicks on Thursday.

Continuing to play without two-time All State defender Jude Rollings, the Gremlins got a strong defensive effort from their back five.  Freshman Tony Farr got the win in goal, making the deciding save on the sixth penalty by the Cardinals.

The Gremlins started very strong with a Dallin Chappell and Ian Viscarra in the midfield.  The Gremlins received a boost with the substitute on of Juan Fernandez in the 12th minute.  Fernandez had missed the previous game due to injury.

After a 0-0 score at half time, the Grems raised their intensity to start the second half.  At the fifth minute into the half, Fernandez played a beautiful through ball to Juan Pablo Suarez who skillfully beat the keeper for the go-ahead goal.

The Gremlins continued to apply the pressure but couldn’t manage a second goal.  With exactly one minute left in the game, the Cardinals found their equalizer scoring a rebound off goalkeeper Tony Farr.

After five penalty kicks for each team, the score was still tied.  With SH next to shoot, Jaysen Gerke stepped up to the stripe and slotted home the PK to put SH in the lead.  Tony Farr then made a diving stop to his right to preserve the win.

Ian Viscarra, John Ulbrich and Juan Fernandez all scored in the shootout from the Gremlins.

The Grems (4-3-1) next play Raytown on Saturday morning with a chance to capture the Clinton Tournament Title.

Randy Kirby