Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Parkview's Tyler Stephenson (5) executes a header over Brookwood's Alfredo Rivera (22) during high school boys soccer action in Snellville Tuesday.
SNELLVILLE -- In the past, the Brookwood vs. Parkview boys soccer rivalry has meant a region title or bragging rights.
In Tuesday's game, one playoff spot was on the line. Which meant the loser was out of the postseason.
In typical rivalry fashion, No. 7 ranked Brookwood won in dramatic form. The Broncos edged the Panthers 10-9 in penalty kicks for a 2-1 victory.
"The boys, I told them before the game, they needed to give their best effort," said an emotional Brookwood coach Danny Klinect, who celebrated his 45th birthday. "You hate to see anyone lose a game like this."
Parkview came into the game winning five of its last six games and needed a win over Brookwood to secure the No. 4 spot in the region. The Panthers' loss knocks Parkview (9-8, 5-3) out of the playoffs for the first time since 1996 and is the fourth straight defeat to Brookwood.
"This is a great rivalry. It's the greatest in Georgia," Klinect said. "We lucked up to end up on top. It's a shame someone has to go home."
Berkmar, Central and South Gwinnett are in the playoffs and Brookwood is the No. 4 seed. The Broncos (11-3-3, 6-2) will travel to Roswell next week in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs. The postseason starts next week and Brookwood will be trying to make another deep playoff run. Last year they lost in the state semifinals.
"We've played well all year," Klinect said. "We had our back against the wall and now we have a second life."
Brookwood is in the playoffs for the 13th straight year thanks to a pair of penalty kick saves by Mitch Hotop. The senior typically doesn't play goalkeeper, but with his long wingspan he has an advantage at stopping balls. He stopped Parkview's game-winning PK to keep it 4-4. After both teams sent 11 players to shoot PKs, Hotop came up with another big stop to secure the Broncos' victory.
"Ironically, we've struggled on PKs all year," said Klinect, who's team was 2-for-6 on PKs this season. "Our kids showed up tonight."
Parkview's Sammy Korgi scored in the 29th minute to put the Panthers ahead 1-0 late in the first half of regulation.
Brookwood's Hotop score evened the game on a header in the 37th minute. The goal was set up by Brahan Gamara's free kick from 30 yards out.
"It's good to get a win over our rivals," Gamara said. "We're still playing and we have a chance to show we're the best team in the state in the playoffs."