The Lancers boys soccer team must have learned something from watching all those come-from-behind playoff wins the Royals have pieced together these past couple of weeks.
The Lancers overcame a 1-0 deficit against district rival SM South in the opening round of Regional play at the Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex to force overtime, and then punched in two more goals than the Raiders in penalty kicks to earn the right to play again on Thursday.
Neither team could convert on attempts on goal in the first half, but SM South found the net in the 35th minute, putting SM East with their backs against the wall as regulation time wound down. But junior Stanley Morantz quickly responded, punching in a Lancers goal to tie the game.
The Lancers and Raiders pushed each other through two five-minute periods of sudden-death overtime without scoring, forcing penalty kicks to decide the game. The Lancers emerged with six successful PKs to the Raiders’ four.
The win advances SM East to the Regional final this Thursday, where they will face the winner of Wyandotte and Blue Valley West, who play tonight. Thursday’s game will be 6 p.m. at Wyandotte High School.