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Marathon title clincher

SNELLVILLE - In nine rounds of penalty kicks, Parkview flinched just once. Brookwood did twice.

That was the difference.

After 90 minutes of regulation and overtime soccer, the Parkview boys wrapped up their second straight Region 8-AAAAA title on Thursday night with a 1-0 victory (8-7 on PKs) over host Brookwood. The fifth-ranked Panthers made 8 of 9 PKs, including 4-for-4 in the sudden-death rounds, while No. 7 Brookwood converted 7 of 9.

"I've always been told that when you go to PKs, it's like a circus trick," Parkview boys coach Michael Tolmich said. "If you make it, you were supposed to .... (PKs) are like a show. When it comes down to PKs, it's luck of the draw. Tonight we were a little luckier than they were on penalty kicks.

"But I'm very proud of these guys. They're region champs two years in a row and we haven't done that in 10 years."

The Broncos (10-4, 6-1) got conversions on their first two PKs from Scott Phelts and Theo Yang, while the visitors answered with makes from Jordan Stowe and Kofi Gyawu.

Parkview goalkeeper Daniel Bullock dove to his left to stuff a Ryan Christopher shot in the third round of kicks, but Bronco goalie Jamie Deal answered with a save on Michael Coleman's PK.

From there, both teams went perfect for the next five rounds. Brookwood's John Yang, Joey Deloney, Chris Batson, Marc Clift and Jabari Shaw each made a PK, but were matched by Parkview's Durham Knight, Trond Liu, Nathan Post, Matthew Franklin and Cesar Espinoza.

The deciding PK was the opener of the ninth round, when the Broncos' Fernando Tlacuatl missed the goal wide left. That gave Parkview's Brad Boone a chance to win the match with the second kick of the ninth round, and he took advantage with the clinching shot.

The two teams played an evenly matched game up until the PKs, putting five shots each on goal. Each had scoring chances, with one good one each in the overtime periods.

Brookwood's Joey Deloney and Bullock collided in a close call in the first overtime period, but the ball slipped just wide.

In the second OT, Parkview (12-3, 6-0) got a nice header on goal from Gyawu, but Deal made a fantastic save.