Photo by Ben Beitzel

Photo by Ben Beitzel

LILBURN -- Berkmar goalkeeper Brian Fazio made several diving highlight-reel stops on Thursday.

But it was Brookwood goalie Alejandro Leonides that had the biggest save.

Leonides stopped Berkmar's fifth penalty-kick attempt and Adrian Alabi added the decisive PK to give the Broncos a 1-0 victory on 5-4 penalty kicks.

"I was pretty confident when he got to the ball," Leonides said. "He didn't look at me, he just looked down at the ground."

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Broncos, which both came in overtime to Grayson and Dacula.

It was the first game back for Brookwood (9-5 overall, 5-2 region) head coach Danny Klinect, who had to be carted off the field towards the end of the Grayson game. Klinect suffered from what appeared to be a mild heart attack.

"This was probably not a good game for me to come back," said Klinect of the overtime win. "For us to win a PK shootout is big."

The Broncos lost to Grayson 2-1 for the Rams' first ever win over Brookwood. Klinect missed Tuesday's game due to doctor's orders and Dacula took down the Broncos 3-2 in overtime.

"We had to win this one," Leonides said. "This was actually for coach, his family and his health."

Berkmar (4-7, 3-3) posted arguably its biggest win in 20 years on Tuesday when it beat crosstown rival Parkview 1-0.

That win put the Patriots in playoff contention and a victory over Brookwood would have locked of a postseason spot. Instead, Berkmar needs wins over Central Gwinnett and Meadowcreek and some help to reach the playoffs for the first time in more than 10 years.

"Brookwood is a good team," Berkmar coach Tracy Crouch said.

"Our kids have shown they can run with the big dogs in the region. They took the top team in the region all the way to the end."

Berkmar was able to keep the game scoreless in regulation thanks to several big stops by Fazio. He made a nice diving save on a penalty kick 18 minutes into the game. He also had a little help when Erick Yang's shot hit the left upright during overtime.

"He made four phenomenal saves," Klinect said. "He's quick as a cat. I was asking the kids where he plays club soccer because I had never seen him play before."

Brookwood's Holland Carmichael, Yang, Matt Nagle, Walker Zimmerman and Alabi scored penalty kicks in overtime to help the Broncos to the win.

"This was like a boxing match, like a Rocky movie," Crouch said. "We would throw a punch and then they would counter. I'm proud of these guys. I've been coaching for 15 years and this was one of the best games I've been a part of."

Brookwood will be off next week for spring break and when it returns will play rival Parkview on April 13.