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Oakdale outlasts El Dorado in final

FOLSOM -- Michael Glaeser dove as hard as he could to his left.

The incoming soccer ball slammed against his gloved hand and spun away, dancing along the goalmouth. But with its last momentum, it drifted away from the net.

Glaeser jumped to his feet with a scream, and was buried by his Oakdale High soccer teammates seconds later. Glaeser's save ended a marathon Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game that saw the Mustangs and El Dorado go an unprecedented 14 rounds in their penalty-kick shootout.

The two teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, so the official score reads: Oakdale 2, El Dorado 1.

The scoreboard had Oakdale winning 14-13, and the players were holding up five hands, signifying the program's five section titles. Four of those section titles have come in the last five years.

This one, said head coach Alfredo Quiroga, was one of the most memorable.

"This group came so far from the beginning of the season," he said. "Early, there wasn't much self-confidence. But we put in a lot of hard work and a lot of time just getting to the point where we believe in ourselves."

Each team had chances to end it in regulation and overtime, with several shots just wide or high.

Instead, they went to penalty kicks. After the first five kicks, each round was sudden-death: If one team missed and the other made it, the game would be over.

In the 14th round, Mustangs junior Jordan Sluggett put his shot away with a hard shot to the left, setting up the final kick by El Dorado's Jarell Whipple.

"Once it got past the fifth kick, the intensity seemed to pick up even more," Glaeser said. "I had confidence we were going to keep scoring.

"And when (Whipple) walked up, you could tell he was nervous. You could see it in his body language."

Previously, Sluggett had walked up and put his ball away with little hesitation.

"I went up there and thought I was going to look right and go left," Sluggett said. "It felt so good to get the game-winner."

When Whipple's shot was saved by Glaeser, it set off a wild Oakdale celebration on Folsom's FieldTurf.

"I knew I had it," Glaeser said. "I knew we won."

Four rounds earlier, Glaeser and the Mustangs were in dire straights.

El Dorado goalkeeper Patrick McDade stopped a shot by Oakdale defender Cory Turney. But Glaeser -- competing in his first shootout as a keeper -- followed suit by stopping a shot by Jose Reyes.

Quiroga said the team's superior depth showed in the shootout.

"That was quite a display of penalty kicks from both sides," he said. "To go 13 out of 14 on your penalty kicks is pretty good."

Taylor Sorenson gave Oakdale a 1-0 lead early in the second half when he took a pass from Jose Mosqueda and scored with his left foot past McDade.

But with 19 minutes left in the game, Austin Bay scored off a free kick just outside the penalty box, sending the game into extra periods.

"All the credit goes to the kids," Quiroga said. "They believed in themselves and pulled this thing off."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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