HAZELWOOD • Pattonville junior Kyle Campbell was hungry Monday.
The Pirates' defender was craving a win against rival Hazelwood West, but he was also just plain hungry after more than 80 minutes of soccer.
At the start of overtime in a 1-1 tie with Hazelwood West, Campbell shouted towards the stands.
“Mom, if I score the game-winner, we're going to B-Dubs,” Campbell said.
Chicken wings might be on the menu after Campbell netted the game-winner on a penalty kick to secure a 2-1 shootout victory for Pattonville.
“It sounds pretty good right now,” Campbell said of the potential for wings.
Campbell got two attempts to knock in a penalty kick and made good on his second try for Pattonville's fourth and final goal in the shootout.
But Campbell almost missed out on his prized poultry when his first attempt was saved by Hazelwood West senior goalkeeper Damian Garcia.
The kick was retaken, though, as the referee ruled Garcia was too quick off his line. Campbell said Pirates coach Marcus Christian had important words of wisdom between kicks.
“The pressure was on, I'm not going to lie,” Campbell said. “Coach said, 'Don't switch things up and play it to the same spot,' and the goalie didn't know what to do.”
Hazelwood West coach John Leber disagreed with the referee's decision.
“You never see that called,” Leber said. “The was unfortunate. Damian is one of the best keepers around and he doesn't get the credit he deserves because we aren't scoring like we need to win games. He really did a great job to keep us in that game and give us a chance.”
Garcia made several big saves between the scoreless second half and two overtimes but couldn't slow down the Pirates early.
Pattonville (5-8 overall, 3-1 Suburban Conference Red Pool) broke out on top five minutes in when junior midfielder Matthew Samuel found the net.
“We told the boys going in that this s a tough place to play at,” Christian said. “It's a small field, it's a grass field and coming from turf that's wide, you've got to learn to play on this all of a sudden.”
Pattonville got successful penalties from sophomore defender Daniel Enburg, junior defender Will Basta and junior midfielder Nick Derluth before Campbell's capper. Junior Gabe Furr earned the win in goal for the Pirates.
Noah Abraham, Corey Ham and Jon McCarthy each scored in the shootout for Hazelwood West (7-6, 1-3).
Leber said he liked what he saw out of the Wildcats, especially to respond in the wake of the stunning early turn of events.
“We normally are pretty good about bouncing back,” Leber said. “We just exerted so much energy in doing so that we wore ourselves out. It was tough to see but it was a good effort, especially since we had such a long week last week. We only had one day of over the weekend, so that didn't help us out a whole lot today.”