Huron United advances with shootout win

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It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win.

Huron United's Aiden Calcutt gets a hand on a Madman penalty during a five-man shootout that settled a 2-2 draw Sunday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Huron United choked on a two-goal lead late in Sunday evening's SWRSA League Cup match at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, but regrouped to advance with a win in a penalty shootout.

Huron United was cruising with 15 minutes remaining and holding a 3-1 lead. But the home side allowed the Shelburne Madmen back in the match with a penalty kick and some defensive indecision that allowed a Madmen striker to waltz in all alone on keeper Aidan Calcutt.

Up to that point, the visitors had been kept in check and Huron United had dominated possession with a quick passing game. Huron United had opened the scoring in the 38th minute when Derek Andrew slotted home from six-yards away after being put clean through on goal by Gerrit Satosek. The goal was the culmination of a great passing sequence the length of the field.

Huron United took that one-goal lead to the half, but Shelburne levelled the score early in the second half. Centre back Keenan Soers appeared to be clipped from behind, which allowed the visiting centre forward a clear shot on goal, which went in off the post.

Huron United continued to be the better team, and regained the lead a few minutes later. A flighted free kick from Matt Brown found Andrew Benney-Meraw in the six-yard box, and his header beat the goalie at the near post.

Huron United doubled that lead in the 63rd minute when a smartly taken free kick from Andrew caught the visitors unaware and Satosek, who still had some work to do, passed the ball into the net from eight yards out.
Andreas Derksen hit the post from 25-yards out with a well-placed free kick, and Calcutt made a diving fingertip save at the other end. Calamity subsequently ensued, and the teams were off to a penalty shootout.

Shelburne missed its first attempt on Calcutt, sending the ball up over the crossbar.

All five Huron United shooters scored on their attempts, looking confident in the process. Brown, Adam Winchester, Derksen, Damian Gunaratne and Benney-Meraw all buried their shots for the win.

Calcutt, who had words with the linesman regarding penalty kick procedure, did well to get a hand on a couple of Madmen attempts, but not enough to prevent them from finding the back of the goal. In the end, the failed first attempt was enough to give Huron United the win.

Benney-Meraw was voted man of the match for his goal in regulation time, for scoring on the final kick of the shootout but more so for his tireless running on and off the ball in the midfield.

Huron United's next game is Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine against the Orangeville Storm. It should be a good test for Huron United - the Storm is just one point behind the locals in the league standings with a 2-0-1 record.