If it is a soccer shootout you are in, you might want Mason Mahoney in goal to stave off penalty kicks.
The junior from Curtis High School has an aura about him, as if to tell shooters on goal they are about to meet the bigger man — and he proved that Thursday night.
A new Class 4A state boys soccer champion will be crowned this spring. The Vikings went blow for blow with defending state champion Jefferson in regulation, then turned it over to Mahoney in a stunning 1-0 victory at Viking Stadium in University Place.
Curtis (10-3-4) will play Tahoma in another district winner-to-state, loser-out match Saturday at Art Crate Field in Spanaway.
Don’t tell the Vikings they have another all-or-nothing endeavor ahead. They might want to savor this win for a few hours.
Jefferson (11-5-1) put constant pressure on the Vikings’ defense, especially the goalkeeper tandem of Carter Shirreff (first half) and Mahoney (second half and beyond). The Raiders outshot Curtis 18-8 in regulation and overtime.
But with no goals scored, the two teams went to a shootout facing a strong headwind on the west side of the stadium.
Even after the Vikings missed two of their first three shots, Mahoney — who hung on the crossbar like an acrobat, clapped his hands and showed every Jefferson shooter his wingspan before every attempt — kept the score 1-1 with two saves.
Finally, Curtis got rolling in the shootout, scoring on four consecutive attempts with Eddie Na, Bailey Cross, Sam Park and Josh Lee.
Lee’s goal just right of Jefferson goalkeeper Hunter Bowman gave the Vikings a 5-4 shootout advantage.
The Raiders sent Eduardo Quinteros on to try to tie it for a fifth time. He sent a bullet to his left, but Mahoney beat the ball to the spot and deflected it with his outstretched body to make the winning save.
Both teams made unbelievable saves at the end of regulation.
Jefferson had a chance to get on the board in the 66th minute, when Glenn Carpenter sent a whizzing shot that was headed inside right post. But Vikings midfielder Erik Wiseman flung his foot out to redirect the shot.
The Vikings’ only shot in the second half came in the 79th minute. Derek Ramage sent a cross from the left side that hit Na in stride, but his header from right in front of the goal was caught by Bowman.
Tahoma 2, Olympia 1 (5-4 shootout): After missing its first penalty kick, Tahoma made its next five attempts to win a 4A West Central District/Southwest bidistrict match at Curtis High School.
Tahoma (11-2-4) scored in the 63rd minute after Justin McMaster punched in a rebound. Colin LaBranche’s goal in the 77th minute gave Olympia the equalizer.
Olympia’s season ends at 9-6-2.
Federal Way 5, Bellarmine Prep 4 (4-2 shootout): Facing a three-goal deficit and the threat of getting blown out, the Eagles turned to Garrett Brewer.
Brewer scored three second-half goals, including the tying tally in the 78th minute, and Federal Way (12-3-2) eventually won in a shootout at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
The Eagles will play Camas in a winner-to-state game Saturday in Spanaway.
Ryan Clark, Luke Witker and Drew Baker each scored as the Lions built a 3-0 lead late in the first half.
Rogers 1, Union 0: Cooper Grey scored the winner on a header in the 54th minute, and Jake Fredrikson earned the shutout as the Rams (11-2-4) won at Sparks Stadium. They will face Mount Rainier on Saturday for the chance to go to state.
Auburn Mountainview 1, Mount Tahoma 0 (3-0 shootout): The Lions scored on their first two penalty kicks in the shootout and eventually sealed the win in a loser-out game on Farris Idrees’ goal in the fourth frame. Christian Rotter and Curtis English also had goals for the Lions, and junior goalkeeper Nick Hytrek kept Mount Tahoma (6-8-1) out of the net.
Auburn Mountainview (11-3-1) will play Foss at 10 a.m. Saturday at Highline Memorial Stadium.Tyler Hemstreet and Grant Clark contributed to this report.