LYNN — Davis Van Inwegen turned into a hero for Concord-Carlisle Monday night in the Division 2 North sectional final, doing his best Tim Howard impression when penalty kicks rolled around after a scoreless draw through two overtimes.
The senior goalkeeper turned aside four Arlington shots at Manning Field, paving the way for a 5-4 advantage in PKs and a 1-0 win.
The No. 8 Patriots (13-2-6) will play the winner of Tuesday’s Division 2 South final between Oliver Ames and Pembroke for the state title.
“Every single day in practice come playoffs we take penalties for maybe 25 minutes straight,” Van Inwegen said. “That gives us a really good advantage and helps me come in confident. That’s a really good feeling to have.”
The game-winning spot kick came from junior midfielder Blaise Siefer, who slotted in off the left post and past a diving Ben Wasco, the senior goalkeeper for the No. 6 Spy Ponders (16-5-1).
Siefer’s winning goal came after Van Inwegen, like he did on each PK, punched the crossbar a few times, then dove to his side to rob an Arlington shooter, this time sophomore forward Sean Connelly.
“I was confident. I felt cool and had my teammates behind me to help me slot it home,” Siefer said. “A little bit of nerves, but we practice these so much.”
Before penalty kicks, not much separated Arlington and Concord-Carlisle.
Concord-Carlisle won despite missing four starters, most notably senior striker Spencer Royal, a NSCAA All-New England player in 2016 who had a hamstring strain.
“It’s been amazing to watch some of the younger kids step up into these huge opportunities,” Patriots coach Ray Pavlik said. “They’ve just been tremendous. I’m really proud of the kids and the focus they’ve brought.”