When games go to PK’s, Newport has the advantage

NEWPORT — When time runs out in regulation and the match has to be settled by penalty kicks, the Newport boys soccer team feels an advantage no matter who its opponent is. It’s not just because the Cubs practice penalty shots every day after practice, or the fact that they have a handful of finishers who can convert those critical goals that will decide a match. “We have a great goalkeeper,” said senior forward Drew Torres. That goalkeeper is junior Luis Reyes. In Tuesday’s semifinal match, with a spot in the state championship on the line, it came down to which team’s goalie could make the most stops. “We definitely feel like we had the upper hand,” said senior midfielder Romario Mendoza. “We knew he could at least get one block.”

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