Boys Soccer: PK goal lifts Hinkley over Gateway in EMAC showdown – Colorado News

Boys Soccer: PK goal lifts Hinkley over Gateway in EMAC showdown – Colorado News

Hinkley senior Danny Gonzalez, second from left, is lifted up by teammate Alejandro Gomez after he converted a penalty kick try — just out of the reach of Gateway goalie Erick Torres, right — in the second half of the Thunderbirds’ 1-0 EMAC boys soccer win over the Olys on Sept 14, 2017, at Gateway High School. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Seemingly destined for overtime, the Hinkley boys soccer team got a late break in Thursday’s scoreless deadlock with Gateway.

With time ticking away in regulation in a scoreless battle in front of a large following on the Olys home field, the Thunderbirds were awarded a penalty kick for a take down in the goal box.

Gateway’s Carlos Larios, right, gets a head on a ball in front of Hinkley’s Anandro Sinaga during the second half of the Thunderbirds’ 1-0 win over the Olys on Sept. 14, 2017, at Gateway High School. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Far from a certainty with playmaking Gateway senior goalie Erick Torres in the net, Hinkley senior midfielder Danny Gonzalez converted the chance with a line drive shot that got just past the hand of a diving Torres and into the corner of the net.

The Thunderbirds killed off the final few minutes of regulation for a 1-0 victory, another impressive win in the first season under new coach Marcos Madera.

Hinkley took a big step forward in the EMAC chase as it moved to 2-0 in league play (same as Aurora Central) and 4-1 overall. Despite some good pressure in the second half, coach Olaf Siverson’s Olys were shut out for the first time since late last season and fell to 4-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league.

The two Aurora Public Schools rivals played…

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