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Stars survive sudden death in sectional

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence went the distance, and then some, to advance in the Class 3A boys soccer sectional on Monday night.

Josh Anderson banged home the winning goal as the Stars edged Terre Haute South, 4-3 in sudden-death penalty kicks, in the IHSAA sectional at Bloomington North. BNL (6-6-1) advanced to the semifinal to face Bloomington North on Wednesday night.

After a scoreless regulation time and two overtimes, BNL and the Braves (5-9-3) went to the sixth round of penalty kicks before Anderson’s blast ended the marathon match.

”That’s pretty stressful,” BNL coach Logan Jackson said. “I’m glad we came out on the winning side of that one. We gave a lot of heart and played some of our best soccer as far as effort. We got rewarded, and being able to win is awesome.”

The Stars, who had a goal that was ruled just after the buzzer to end the second overtime, got a great performance from senior Evan Payne in goal. He made three huge stops in penalty kicks.

”That was one of the best high school goalie efforts I’ve ever seen,” Jackson said. “He was tipping balls over the bar, diving all over, just a great effort game. And he saved us in PKs. That was a great game for him.”

South had a 2-1 lead in the penalty-kick phase (which is a five-man rotation) on goals by Rylan Crockett and Austin Willis. Caleb Gonser added the third goal, but Payne made back-to-back blocks after that.

BNL’s goals came from Jacob Kolk, Orlando Casteneda and Evan Voris. Payne blocked South’s first shot in sudden death, and Anderson ended the suspense.

”I didn’t sense we were nervous,” Jackson said. “My advice was to be as relaxed as possible. No matter what happens, have fun because this was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

The Stars will face North, a 3-1 winner over Martinsville, in the semifinal at 6 p.m. Bloomington South will meet Terre Haute North in the second semifinal, with the winners to battle in the final on Saturday at 7 p.m.