GAC boys eliminated on PKs

CALHOUN -- Greater Atlanta Christian had its chances.

But in the end, the Spartans couldn't put the ball in the back of the net as Calhoun forced a scoreless Class AA state semifinal matchup into penalty kicks, where it won 4-2.

"You gotta put the ball in the back of the net and we didn't do that," GAC head coach Thom Jacquet said.

GAC (16-2-2) controlled most of the game, keeping the ball in their possession more than two-thirds of the game.

However, Calhoun's goalkeeper Raul Moreno put a stop to the 11 shots on goal.

As the first half came to a close, both teams had chances.

A header by GAC's Andy Irwin went just wide. Then, the Spartans seemed to catch a break when Calhoun (20-2) had a hand-ball in the box.

However, Nash Wagnon couldn't put the ball home as Moreno stopped his shot and kept the game scoreless.

With the final seconds ticking off in the first half, the Yellow Jackets had their best opportunity when Javier Medina had a wide-open net after the ball was misplayed by GAC goalie Jake Doiron. But the ball went wide and the score stayed 0-0 into halftime.

"It was a great game," Jacquet said. "We played the way we wanted to play and choked them out of a lot of chances."

The second half seemingly saw Calhoun take the advantage, but an offsides call negated a goal with 25 minutes to go in the game.

Then, Medina had a one-timer in front of the net with 17 minutes to go, but it wide as well.

From there, the defenses took over and didn't allow the offenses much traction.

In overtime, neither team got anything going, forcing the game into penalties.

Calhoun went first and got a goal from Noe Martinez. Moreno then came up big as he made a diving save on GAC's Max Gomas to leave it at 1-0.

Both teams had their next two shooters score, with GAC's goals coming from Irwin and Brendan Dickerson.

Calhoun scored on its fourth opportunity and when Moreno saved a shot by GAC's Nathan Ream, the Yellow Jackets celebrated as they clinched their spot in the final.

"Nothing was left out there," Jacquet told his team after the game. "You can't ask for more."