Karns City Tops Punxsutawney in Shootout in D9 2A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals

DUBOIS, Pa. (D9Sports) – Ryan Truax’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout lifted Karns City to a 4-3 shootout win over Punxsutawney in the District 9 Class 2A semifinals at DuBois High School.

The game was tied at three at the end of regulation before the teams engaged in an epic shootout that saw each team score on its first four shots of the shootout with Karns City’s coming from Austin Rumbaugh, Nate Rondinelli, Nolan Riley and Dakota King.

After Truax scored on the sixth shot for the Gremlins, Karns City’s keeper Jake Weckerly stopped the Punxsutawney attempt to tie the shootout sending the Gremlins to the title game against St. Marys.

Karns City fell behind by a goal on three different occasions only to tie the game each time.

Riley tied the contest at one on a direct kick from 30 yards, Rondinelli then tied the game at two on a penalty kick and with eight minutes to play, Rondinelli scored on a header off a corner kick from Riley to knot the game at three. It was Rondinelli team-leading 18th goal of the year.

Karns City then strategically decided to pack it in and play for the shootout with the idea that the Gremlins had done well in shootouts all season, and the strategy paid off.

Punxsutawney goal scorers were not available.

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