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Adams comes up big in PKs as Timberland outlasts Seckman : Stlhss

Adams comes up big in PKs as Timberland outlasts Seckman Print Email « Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now Buy Now » 2013-11-12T21:32:00Z 2013-11-12T23:11:19Z Adams comes up big in PKs as Timberland outlasts Seckman By Joe Harris | Special to STLhighschoolsports.com stltoday.com 4 hours ago  •  By Joe Harris | Special to STLhighschoolsports.com Loading… Related Links Photo gallery: Timberland-Seckman boys soccer

timberland IMPERIAL • Timberland goalkeeper Kyle Adams had to block everything out.

timberland boot sale He couldn't think about his team's season on the line. He couldn't think about the boisterous pro-Seckman crowd that was ready to charge the field if he failed. He even had to block out the frozen conditions that deteriorated as the Class 3 boys soccer sectional slipped from the first half, to the second half, through two overtimes and finally through two rounds of penalty kicks.

timberland fashion boots "Honestly, you don't think about any of that," Adams said. "If you think about it, then you don't execute the way you want to. I just had to clear my mind."

timberland outlet Whatever he did, it worked. Adams' save on Seckman's Andrew Schnabel gave visiting Timberland a 2-1 win in penalty kicks in the Class 3 sectional Tuesday. Timberland (24-2-2) will play conference rival Francis Howell Central (13-13) in the quarterfinals Saturday.

timberland boots Timberland needed a late goal to send the game into overtime, before prevailing 6-5 in penalty kicks. Timberland coach Kyle Austin said the game epitomized the Wolves' season.

timberland boot sale "All season long, we've been a second-half team," Austin said. "We dug deep and pulled it out. It's been one of those seasons where we've done just enough. At first, you think it's coincidence or blind luck, but now it's the identity of the team."

Timberland needed a second comeback in the penalty kicks. Marc Roellig, Brendan Willie and Jordan Fischer started off with goals for the Wolves, but Seckman goalkeeper Adam Aleto made a diving save on Timberland's Michael O'Shea on the fourth shot.

Meanwhile, Seckman (19-8) made its first four penalty kicks as Matt Kramer, Anton Chebanenko, Jordan Trigg and Adam Berhorst scored, giving the Jaguars a 4-3 lead.

With the season on the line, Jordan Bermudez buried Timberland's next penalty kick to tie it at 4.

The penalty kicks continued after Seckman's Lucas Winkelmann put his penalty kick over the crossbar.

Travis Long and Kaleb Patania scored for Timberland. Adams almost came up with the game-winning save on Jacob Buechel on Seckman's fifth kick, but the ball slid under him. Adams left no doubt on Schnabel's kick, diving to his right to make the game-winning save.

"It really doesn't hit you until you see your teammates running up to you," Adams said. "It feels good, because we've worked all season for moments like this."

Seckman coach Tim Bookstaver told his team before the penalty kicks began that it would either be a great moment if they won or one of their toughest moments if they lost.

"It's tough," Bookstaver said. "So much hinges on one touch of the ball, rather than in game play where several factors can lead to a goal."

Chebanenko's goal 10 minutes in gave Seckman an early lead. A feed from Sean Carpenter found a wide-open Chebanenko, who blasted it in from 20 yards.

A desperate Timberland turned up the offensive pressure in the second half. The Wolves kept coming up empty until Jacob Bowman scored with 4:52 left in the game.

"I had time to think about it," Bowman said. "I just buried it in the right corner."

Jack Kilz got the assist on the goal, which helped relax the Wolves.

"It started to take on an eerie feeling," Austin said. "After a while, you start thinking that it's not your day or your cursed. We had several balls that 99 times out of 100 they go in and their keeper made some top-notch saves, so doubt creeps in. But we found a way."

Now Timberland has to find a way to beat Howell Central for a third time this season. The Wolves prevailed 4-3 and 3-0 against the Spartans in the regular season.

"We've got to go back to basics," Adams said. "When we start complicating the game, that's when we hurt ourselves."

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