The Cardinals still survived a Boston International comeback before winning its third straight city championship, 2-1, in penalty kicks.
Senior midfielder Edmilson Barros — who scored his seventh hat trick of the season in Madison Park's semifinal victory against Brighton on Wednesday — was forced to watch from the sidelines after he got his second yellow card 10 minutes into the second half.
“I tried to kick the ball, I had the net wide open but I tried to kick it the second time but the goalie faked and I guess the ref didn’t see it and he just gave me a red card,” Barros said of his ejection. “He said I kicked the goalie and I didn’t.
“I felt disappointed in myself. I apologized to all my teammates.”
Even though they were forced to play shorthanded the rest of the way, the Cardinals (17-3) still scored a few minutes after Barros' ejection. Freshman forward Bill Toloe guided the ball past the Lions’ freshman keeper, Eliseu de Pina, to go up 1-0.
“It shows a lot of character in the team [that they scored] even though [Barros] went out,” Madison Park coach Joao Gomes said. “He’s a great leader, he’s a great scorer, when he went out the players just got together [and said] ‘Win one for him.’
But Boston International (15-3) tied the game 10 minutes later on a goal by sophomore midfielder Fabio Goncalves who put the ball away after it deflected off sophomore goalkeeper Joao Rosa.
“I thought we were going to win the game but we lost in the final,” Goncalves said.
After regulation ended, the game went straight into penalty kicks because both sides agreed before the game to forgo the usual two 10-minute extra periods. Madison Park plays its first state tournament game against Lexington on Friday and both teams played on Wednesday as well.
During the shootout, Rosa stopped two of Boston International's four penalty kicks while his team netted four kicks to secure the victory.
“I was kind of nervous, but after I saved the first one I knew the kid was going to kick it to the same spot so I didn’t go to my right, I went to my left so that’s how I saved the second one,” Rosa said.
“I’m looking for a four-peat next year.”
Boston International coach Djon Ramos said his team could’ve won if they had an overtime.
“This is obviously a very competitive game and we played very well,” he said. “We lost by penalty kicks and that could happen to anybody. We did a good job and we scored but that’s the way it is in penalty kicks. Penalty kicks don’t define whose best. It was disappointing but I thought we played very well.”
Senior midfielder Alosio Barbosa, Toloe, junior Kovin Ortiz and junior defender Emike Pires scored penalty kicks for Madison Park while freshman midfielder Aderito Rodriques and senior midfielder Stephan Teixeira scored PKs for the Lions.
“We were missing one player, our best forward, I don’t know what happened, he got his second yellow card,” Rosa said of Barros. “I didn’t want it to go to overtime because anything can happen and they were attacking us all the time.
“I feel lucky.”
After the game Barros broke down in his coaches arms.
“I just gotta go out there and do better [on Friday],” he said during an interview, “I’ve seen the suffering they went through and I apologized for that and tomorrow I just have to go and do better.”
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