Breck senior Spencer Chapman (11) is upended by Blake defender Jonah Halper (3) on his way to the goal in the first half. Breck scored three times in the game's last 15 minutes to win 4-1. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Freshman goaltender Logan Langer made the stop on a penalty kick by Blake's Keegan James to preserve a 2-1 lead with nine minutes to play. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Breck coach George Stuempfig put his arm around freshman goalkeeper Logan Langer, gave him a little pep talk and sent him onto the field to face what was easily the most pressure-filled situation Langer has encountered in his young soccer career.
Langer was up to the task. He took his coach's advice, guessed left, dived and knocked away a penalty kick by Blake's Keegan James to preserve a 2-1 lead, igniting a fire which guided the Mustangs to a 4-1 victory on the field of their most fierce rival on Thursday night.
It was a little bit of payback for Breck, ranked No. 1 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll, which lost 3-2 to Blake in last fall’s Class 1A, Section 5 championship match. The Bears (5-1-1, 4-1-0), meanwhile, will get a chance to even the score with a game at Breck (7-0-1, 3-0-0) on Oct. 3.
Breck's Lucas LeWin-Mills directs the ball toward a teammate in the second half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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