The Jackets soccer team avenged an earlier region loss to Chapman with a 4-3 penalty kick shootout win on Thursday night.
Chapman scored early in the first half and kept the 1-0 lead until Dusty Rhinehart toed in a goal for the Jackets with five minutes left in regulation for a 1-1 tie.
Union County fought Chapman off to take the match to overtime. After two five minute halves the score was still knotted at 1-1, resulting in five players from each team being chosen to take alternating penalty kicks.
The Panthers scored the first goal for the Jackets answered with one of their own courtesy of Michael Cunningham.
Chapman’s second attempt was off the mark and Brandon Shetley’s kick for Union County was successful.
After a miss from Chapman and one from Union County, the Panthers added a second goal. The Jackets missed on their fourth opportunity and the score was tied at 3-3 when goalie Jake Benfield denied Chapman’s fifth attempt and Will Holcombe booted one past the Chapman defender for the final goal of the game.
“It is a very dramatic way to end a game and this time we came out on top,” said Coach Jeff Bell. “It was a great game on both sides though. Chapman is a very good team who beat us 5-1 earlier in the season. It was an awesome win for us.”
Benfield had 10 saves during regulation and one during penalty kicks.
With the win, the Jackets record improves to 4-5 on the season, 2-4 in region play.