CANTON - The Eagles boys soccer team fought back from a two-goal deficit before losing the first round of the Class AAA soccer playoffs in penalty kicks to Creekview on Friday.
The Grizzlies (11-4-1) won the game 3-2, winning on penalty kicks 4-3.
Making their penalty kicks for Eastside were Yanrick Tinker, Tyler Edminston and Will McQuaig.
Scoring for Creekview were Nathaniel Martinez, Pepe Penaloza, Cole Fraser and Markus McNamara.
"If you've got to go that's a good way to go. I would much rather take it to penalty kicks, especially when coming from behind, then losing 2-0 or 2-1," said Eastside coach Trent Weiser.
Eastside (13-3) trailed 2-0 until midway through the second half when Caleb Kernan put a header into the net on an Edminston assist.
The Eagles had several chances to tie the game inside the 75th minute, including one with an open goal, but the ball was barely off its mark.
That was until there was 6:11 left in regulation when Edminston tied the game with 50-yard shot over keeper Josh Felton.
"He had two in the beginning of the season from that far. So he's got the distance in him," Weiser said.
After a scoreless overtime, the Grizzlies won the penalty kick part of the game.
"I've been fairly impressed with these kids throughout the season," Weiser said.
Eastside did not play its best game to start the match but still kept Creekview from scoring for 39 minutes, 15 seconds of the first half.
But with 45 seconds until half, McNanara booted a high lob which found the goal.
Creekview's second goal came eight minutes into the second half when Jeffrey Hunter crossed the ball to the middle of the net where Penaloza kicked it in to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead.
"It's like I've said all season, the first half is our slow half," said Weiser. "They got that little chip goal which should not have made it in. In the second half we started off really well then we slacked off again. After they got that second goal we started to realize the reality of it, that this could be it. They really picked it up after that."
Eastside had 18 shots on goal in regulation with Creekview being limited to 12.
"We had a lot of great looks, not just a lot of second chances," Weiser said.
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