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.
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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.