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PEMBROKE PINES — Lely’s magical ride through the FHSAA boys soccer playoffs ended in heartbreaking fashion Saturday night. Tied 1-all after 100 minutes of play, Pembroke Pines Charter won the penalty-kick round 7-6 and advanced to the Class 5A state championship game.

The Trojans went first in the penalty round. David Gomez, Jesus Berrera, Rafael Palacios, Jude Saint-Cyr and Johnathan Garcia all converted their kicks, but the host Jaguars answered every time. Then Palacios scored again, and Pines Charter answered again.

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On the seventh kick, Berluche Prunier’s shot was stopped by Henry Guzman. Then Jack Simpkin beat Rob Petronzio, and Lely’s season was over (22-6-2) after the furthest postseason journey in the program’s 45-year history.

“They went above and beyond anything I could have asked from them tonight,” 26-year Trojans coach Robbie Schank said as several of his players sobbed near the team bench. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.

“[Pines Charter has] a very sound team — solid from the front to the back, just like us. That’s why it was an even game.”

Lely controlled the early minutes, then Pines Charter started asserting itself. About 17 minutes into the game, Matthew Gordon sent a pass through a Trojans defender’s legs to Andres Jaime, who drilled the shot home for a 1-0 lead.

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With the game played on turf, there was plenty of action and transition. It was also hotly contested, with Lely being assessed three of the contest’s seven yellow cards. The Jaguars carried their momentum into the second half, but couldn’t find the net.

With 15:21 left in regulation, Lely’s David Gomez tied the game with a free kick from about 25 yards out. Gomez scored both goals for Lely in its regional final victory at Seminole.

“He hit it on point,” Schank said. “He has been a gamer all season, all four years. He always shows up at the big games at big times.”

Lely carried the momentum for the rest of regulation, but after 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of extra time, the berth in the state championship game went to penalty kicks.

Schank praised the team after the game, calling it the best in school history. And he’s certain the program will keep contending for state titles.

“The underclassmen that are here, they got a taste of it,” Schank said. “So I don’t think will be the last time you’ll see us here. Lely will be back.”

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