EA-WR sophomore Zach Lafferty heads the ball while Wesclin's Dillan Schorfheide attempts to block the ball.
Wesclin's Trent Calvert faces off with Oiler senior defensemen Nic Daily on Tuesday.
EA-WR seniors Brennan Augustyn and Devon Gilreath sandwiches Wesclin senior Greg Takacs while the three of them jump for a header on Tuesday.
EDWARDSVILLE — Tuesday was the first trip to the sectional level for the East Alton-Wood River Oiler boys' soccer team in school history, unfortunately the Oilers won't advance further.
The Oilers (12-8) took a scoreless stalemate into penalty kicks against Wesclin (15-5) at the Class 1A Metro East Lutheran Sectional, but ultimately lost 4-3 on penalty kicks.
EA-WR attained its first regional title Saturday by defeating the first-seeded Greenville Comets, after having only one goal scored against them during regional competition.
"When you're the team that creates the better of opportunities you have to finish it or a tough loss like this could happen," EA-WR head coach Mike Lawson said. "I guess tonight wasn't our night for the PK's (penalty kick). I would not have changed anything we did or how we played, that's just how soccer goes sometimes. We had four legitimate 'could have been, should have been goals' tonight. The ball just didn't get down like we needed it to."
The Warriors and Oilers battled through two 40-minute regulation halves without lighting up the scoreboard and were given less than five minutes to prepare for overtime.
The two sides faced off in two 10-minute overtime periods, still leaving family and friends on the sidelines on the edge of their seats. Remaining scoreless at the end of extended play left the Oilers and Warriors in a shootout situation to bring the game to an end.
The Oilers had several scoring chances throughout the game when senior Brennan Augustyn’s header was blocked by Wesclin's keeper Mytchel Kuhl with 14:31 remaining in regulation. Augustyn had a second chance with 10:00 remaining in the game, but missed just over the post. With just over four and a half minutes of play remaining, a shot from junior David Barrett bounced off the post.
Five players were chosen from each team to participate in the final shootout and met at midfield for the coin toss to determine, which team would start first. Wesclin won the coin toss and elected to have the Oilers go first.
For the Oilers, sophomore Jordan Schmidgall, junior David Barrett and seniors , Devon Gilreath, Skylar Southard and Augustyn were chosen to make the shots with Nick Barrett continuing in as goalkeeper.
The Warriors battled through with kicks from Greg Takacs, Kenny Hagarty, Cody Johnson, Caleb Powell and Wesclin's leading scorer for the season, senior Josh Brown. Greg Takacs took over as goalie for the shootout from Kuhl, who played throughout regulation and overtime for Wesclin.
The Oilers were able to squeeze three goals from Southard, Schmidgall and Gilreath past the Warriors, while shots from David Barrett and Augustyn were blocked.
The Oiler goalie, Nick Barrett was able to stop a shot from Hagarty. Scoring for the Warriors were Takacs, Johnson, Powell and the final winning shot from Brown to advance Wesclin to the sectional finals.
"As physical and as fast as they (Oilers) are, I'm not surprised that they were the team we faced tonight," Wesclin head coach Terry Calvert said. "This was anybody's game before we started, it was a coin toss and it was going to come down to a good goal or like it did tonight, a final shootout."
Brown suffered a scare in the first half when he aggravated an ankle injury and was helped off the field. He would stay off the grass until late in the second half with the hopes he could help push his team forward before overtime action would be forced.
"I've had ankle problems most of my life," said Brown. "I think I get by mostly on adrenaline and the fact that I don't want to let my team down. It felt great to get that shot and see the ball hit the back of the goal, but I have to admit, I'm in quite a bit of pain right now."
Calvert showed concern for his team leader after the game with the continuation of the season for the Warriors.
"I don't know how he keeps playing on it," Calvert said. "He never let's it fully heal, he's a competitor that's always been go-go-go and doesn't give it the proper time to recover. We will need to reevaluate him tomorrow and really see where he's at."
Wesclin and EA-WR faced off earlier in the season with the Warriors taking home the win with a score of 2-1 in a tight matchup on the Oilers' home field. The Warriors started their season slow going just 1-4 but came back to claim 12 out of 13 games before facing the Oilers in the first round of sectionals. Wesclin pulled out the win over host Breese Central 3-2 to win the Breese Central Regional title.
The Warriors will face Columbia at 6:30 p.m. Friday at MELHS for the sectional championship. The Eagles outscored Anna-Jonesboro 4-3 on PKs after going through regulation and two overtimes tied 3-3, winning by the score of 7-6 after the shootout.