Van Horn soccer coach Jesus Rodriguez knew Guadalupe Centers Charter would test his team in Saturday’s Kansas City Cup final.
And the Falcons passed.
Van Horn rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge Guadalupe 4-3 in double overtime to claim the KC Cup title Saturday at Van Horn High School.
Diego Coronado scored the golden goal game-winner in the second overtime period on an assist from Julio Rios.
“The final I knew we were going to be tested. Guadalupe Centers has probably the best trio up front we have played in a while,” Rodriguez said. “All three are very dangerous. We were down 2-0 at half. I told the boys to play ‘futbol’ soccer. They cannot keep up with us if we play together as a team.
“... I told the seniors before the start of the second OT, ‘This is your last KC Cup. You all started a process in this program. It’s only the right thing to win it. They will not give it to you, so go out there and take it!’ They sure did.”
Edison Rios got the comeback started with a goal on a Juan Rangel assist in the 47th minute.
Edison Rios then assisted on Angel DeAvila’s goal in the 59th minute, and Julie Rios scored his own goal in the 63rd minute to send it to overtime.
“I knew our guys had the game because Guadalupe looked fatigued,” Rodriguez said. “We kept rotating guys. That’s the advantage of having technical and capable guys that can make a difference on the bench.”
The Falcons improved to 9-1 with their ninth straight win.
ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL 3, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 2: St. Joseph Central tied it late and had a 6-5 edge in penalty kicks in a shootout to claim a non-conference victory over host William Chrisman Monday.
Trailing 1-0 after an early second-half goal by Central, Cody Lien tied it for Chrisman by converting a penalty kick in the 55th minute.
Zane Brende also converted a penalty kick five minutes later to give Chrisman a 2-1 advantage. But the Indians tied it in the 71st minute to send it into overtimes and a shootout.
BELTON 4, FORT OSAGE 1: Fort Osage couldn’t get past host Belton in a Suburban Middle Seven loss Monday.
“We played hard but came out on the losing end,” Indians coach RaDel Hinckley said.
Colby McDowell scored Fort Osage’s lone goal on an assist from Dylan Stillwell.
The Indians dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
OAK GROVE 4, CENTER 3: Gael Perez scored two goals to help lift Oak Grove to a non-conference win over host Center Monday.
Dalton Gorham and Kaiden Riley also scored as the Panthers improved to 7-4-1 overall with their sixth win in their last eight games.
On Saturday, the Panthers edged Grandview 1-0 in a consolation game in the Kansas City Cup at Van Horn High School.
Perez scored the game’s lone goal.