Dreaded PKs lead to East Lake’s demise

EAST LAKE — Penalty kicks, you either love them or hate them, especially as a way to settle a game. This morning, East Lake is probably hating them.

Again.

After getting the best of play for 100 scoreless minutes of regulation and two overtimes, the Eagles watched their state title hopes fade away as Oviedo won the PK battle and the game 4-3 in front of a large, boisterous East Lake crowd in Friday’s Class 5A state semifinal. It was the second straight year East Lake’s season ended on PKs.

Oviedo sophomore keeper Reagan Funaro stopped Eagles senior Megan Kelly to put the Lions into their third state title game in six years. It was that first appearance, in 2008, that may have played a role in Oviedo’s victory. The Lions lost on penalty kicks, and coach Scott Waisanen vowed to never let that happen again. In 2011, Oviedo won the state title on penalty kicks. more