KANSAS CITY, Kan. —Kapaun captured third place at the Class 5A boys soccer tournament Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't easy.
The Crusaders went 207 minutes at the state tournament and didn't score a goal, but did beat Topeka Seaman in a shootout after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer against the Vikings.
After two 10-minute overtimes and two five-minute sudden-death periods, the game went to penalty kicks.
Both teams made three of the first five, so the coaches picked five more players to shoot in sudden-death format.
The first three players from each team missed. Seaman senior Chris Morris missed with Crusader freshman Austin Flores next up.
"I tried to think not to let the situation making me nervous," he said. "I knew there was pressure on me."
The freshman responded by making the kick, ending the marathon game.
"This gives us good momentum for next year," Flores said. "This is a good start to my career. It is the biggest goal of my career."
"I have never been this nervous in a third-place game," Kapaun coach Alan Shepherd said.
The Crusaders finished third in 2010, beating the same team in the third-place match.
"We wanted first," Shepherd said. "That's what we came here for."
The veteran coach said that the defense has been a strong point of the team all year.
Both teams had shots that came close to finding the net, but neither was able to accomplish the trick.
Liberal beat Blue Valley 3-1 in the championship game.
Kapaun Mount Carmel0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 Topeka Seaman0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
Kapaun win shootout 4-3.
Shots—Kapaun 14, Seaman 10. Saves— Kapaun, Mashnouk, 6; Seaman, Kottman, 10.