Here is Brian Heyman’s story on Hamilton’s 1-0 win over defending champ Haldane in Tuesday’s Class C semi:
Hamilton led by a goal, now just about four minutes away from earning a trip to the Class C boys soccer final.
But suddenly Aidan Draper had a chance to tie it for defending champion Haldane with a penalty kick against Jose Espinoza.
“I thought what any coach is thinking, that this was kind of make or break it,” Hamilton coach Robert Segaloff said. “You worry about a momentum shift. It could have spelled disaster …”
But Espinoza’s effort spelled victory. The goalkeeper dove to his right and got his fingertips on the shot to preserve a 1-0 semifinal win on the road for the third-seeded Red Raiders against the second-seeded Blue Devils.
“He’s been excellent,” Segaloff said. “He’s pretty much kept us in all the close games.”
Sebastian Huidobro banged in a rebound of an Alpotchino Andre shot for the goal in the first half against Garrett Quigley, who made seven saves, the same as Espinoza.
Haldane ended up at 10-7. Hamilton improved to 9-7-1. Next up: No. 1 Solomon Schechter at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Arlington.
The Lions beat the Red Raiders twice during the regular season, first 2-0 and then 3-2 — after Hamilton owned a 2-0 lead with 25 minutes to go.
“Any Class C (game), it can go either way,” Segaloff said. “I always tell my guys that it’s who wants it more, not necessarily who has more skill.”