Proctor prevails after epic battle
BETHEL — When you get two opponents who know each other as the Arlington and Proctor boys soccer teams do, it's nearly guaranteed to be a nail-biting matchup.
After tying in the second-to-last regular season games, it took three rounds of penalty kicks to separate the two on Saturday in the Division IV final.
Proctor goalie Logan Landon stopped penalty shots by Jared Lacoste and Lucas Stroffoleno in the third round, giving Gannon McKearin a chance to win it and he did — sending the Phantoms to their 17th championship with a 13-11 win in penalties.
Just to get to that point was a journey. Proctor scored in the first two minutes after halftime, but Arlington continued to press and finally broke through when Darren Golden made it 1-1 with 16 minutes left in regulation, heading a Lacoste pass past Landon.
Both teams had more chances in the overtimes, but neither could score and they went to penalties.
Each team was 5-for-5 in the first round, then 4-for-5 in the second.
In the third round, Nick Ojala, Elia Akin and Braedon Fox all made their kicks, putting the pressure on the Eagles.
Arlington finishes 8-9-1.