Falle leads Parkview to upset win in PKs

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

MILTON — After a 42-hour delay, Parkview continued on the road to an upset as the Panthers shocked No. 7 Milton 4-3 on penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation in the first round of the Class AAAAA boys soccer championship Friday afternoon.

Parkview (10-9-0), the fourth seed out of Region 8-AAAAA, moves on to play Wheeler, a winner over Peachtree Ridge 9-8 on penalty kicks in the first round.

Milton finishes its season at 10-5-2 after winning Region 6-AAAAA during the regular season.

The scoreless game was halted Wednesday night by storms, then picked up with 6:27 remaining in regulation Friday.

Neither team mounted much of a scoring threat in regulation, but both teams turned it up a notch in the two five-minute overtimes. But each time, goalkeepers Jack Falle for Parkview and Ron Ringwall for Milton came up big and kept the contest tied.

“That’s why (Jack Falle) is our captain and that’s why he’s in goal,” said Parkview head coach Michael Tolmich. “You can see the confidence he has and how it affects the rest of the team. He made some game-saving plays in overtime and kept us in it, then came up big on the penalty kicks on both sides.”

Falle came through again for the Panthers in PKs.

After giving up a goal in Round 1, Falle settled in and made a key save in Round 2. Then teammate Santiago Gubitosi evened things up at 1-1. Then Falle moved on the other side of the ball and made a penalty kick of his own to make it 2-2.

Falle made his biggest save in Round 5 and kept the penalty kicks tied at 3-3, setting the stage for Andre Duenas to find the back of the net for a 4-3 win that sent Parkview into the second round.

“We’re a little underrated right now because we’re the four seed out of our region, but we’ve played some close games — five now went to penalty kicks — so we have been tested,” Tolmich said. “This was a great way to finish this game and now we get to move on.”