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Foothills Falcons claim soccer league title over Knights

After a 1-1 tie, the Foothills Athletic Council championship game between Okotoks rivals was decided in a penalty shootout.

A clash of two Okotoks teams saw the Foothills Falcons come out on top.

The Foothills Athletic Council senior boys soccer league championship on June 5 was a nail-biter as the Falcons and Holy Trinity Academy Knights proved to be evenly matched, a 1-1 tie after overtime leaving the game to be decided in a penalty shootout.

Noah Heuver opened the scoring for Foothills when his header found the back of the Knights' net with three minutes left in the first half.

"We made our good passing combinations all the way through and it led to a goal, inevitably," said Falcons captain Nathan Heuver, whose brother achieved the feat.

The second half saw the Knights play more aggressively, with their efforts paying off through a goal scored by captain Daniel Hudson.

"We just realized our season was on the line, pretty much, and that we have to go for it," said Hudson.

The penalty shootout saw Foothills' Daniel Hauser make a critical save, leaving the Knights' penalty score at four, while the Falcons' five kicks were all successful.

"Just watch out for Falcons soccer, you know? We're a menace," said Falcons captain Austin Dauncey, who scored the fifth and final penalty shot to end the game.

After the narrow loss, Hudson hopes to once again face off against the Falcons at the upcoming South Central Zone Championships.

"We fought back in the second half and probably deserved to win it by the end, but that's just football, really," he said. "We have a zones competition on Monday and hopefully we play them and get back."

The South Central Zone Championships on June 10 will feature four match-ups: the Foothills Falcons will face Brooks Composite at Foothills Composite High School while the Holy Trinity Academy Knights will take on the Springbank Phoenix at Bill Robertson Park, both at 11 a.m. Afterwards, losers will play at 3 p.m. and winners at 5 p.m., with both games at Foothills Composite High School. 

Amir Said

About the Author: Amir Said

Amir Said is a reporter and photographer with the Western Wheel covering local news in Okotoks and Foothills County. For story tips or questions about his articles, Amir can be reached at [email protected].
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