The San Luis Obispo High boys soccer team edged Lennox Academy 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 regulation tie Tuesday afternoon in a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 wild-card matchup.
The Tigers (14-8-1), the fourth-place team in the PAC 7, fell behind 1-0 early in the second half but tied the score on a free kick from Miguel Perez with about 15 minutes left in regulation.
Lennox Academy (18-4), which doesn’t play in a league, opened the penalty-kick session by missing wide-right, and Tigers goalkeeper Erick Cordova then stifled one last attempt to clinch the win.
San Luis Obispo’s penalty kicks came courtesy of Humberto Anduaga, Pat Robinson, Perez and Alex Frost.
San Luis Obispo has played consistently well on defense, Tigers coach Johnny Costa said, but needs to finish better offensively.
“We know we’re a good team,” he said. “We’ve got great morale, great teamwork and great individual players. The only concern all season has just been finishing.
“I added it up the other day — if we had scored 19 more goals this year (in losses), we would’ve been undefeated.”
With the win, the Tigers advanced to visit Animo Leadership (20-5-2) of Inglewood, the Harbor League champion. That opening-round contest will be at 3 p.m. Thursday.