It took 120 minutes for the winner to be decided, but the Rio Hondo Men’s Soccer team came out victorious and advanced to the second round of the playoffs after outlasting Los Angeles Mission College on penalty kicks 6-5.
Both teams met earlier in the season, with L.A Mission winning 4-0 over the Roadrunners in a Aug. 30 match and met in the postseason last year with L.A Mission winning on penalty kicks.
A packed crowd with one side cheering for the home team, Rio Hondo, and other side for L.A Mission, it certainly felt like a playoff atmosphere and made the game that much more exciting.
The Roadrunners were without key freshman player Andrew Gomez and were devastated that he would not play, but the team rallied around Gomez and showed it during the game.
After a solid opportunity to score minutes earlier, Rio Hondo finally scored when Carlos Jimenez crossed a pass to Antonio Villegas making it a 1-0 game.
The Eagles soon capitalized on the lone mistake the Roadrunners had made when they failed to clear the ball from the goal zone and Carlos Solorio scored from the right side of the goal, tying the game up before the first half ended 1-1.
The second half was contested, with neither team giving an inch, testing the defense and both goalkeepers.
Even with two overtimes being played, once again for the second straight year, the game would be decided on penalty kicks.
Rio Hondo was tested first with goalkeeper Angel Paredes blocking two of the eight attempts from L.A Mission.
The Eagles goalkeeper, Angel Noriega, failed to stop the roadrunners final penalty kick after successfully blocking two previous attempts. After two overtimes and 120 minutes later, the Roadrunners achieved their first postseason victory in years.
With the victory, the Roadrunners advanced to the second round and will face Irvine Valley College in a away game Nov. 22.