Soccer: Trumbull Extreme lose to Portland on PK's

The U-13 Trumbull United Extreme played superb soccer for 90 minutes at Portland in the Sweet 16 of the Connecticut Cup.

Even after 70 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, a winner could not be decided, leaving it up to the whims of penalty kicks. The Extreme lost in PKs, leaving their coach, Jaime Jorge to turn philosophical.

“There's an old Portuguese saying for games like this, ‘The ball is round,’” Jorge said. “The team who dominates play doesn't always win. This game came down to execution in the final third of the field, and I give Portland credit for taking advantage of the limited opportunities they had.

"I'm proud of our team, we have come a long way since last fall and I think our best is still yet to come. I very excited about keeping this group together and getting them ready for the next level of soccer when they come to Trumbull High School.”

Trumbull fought back from a one-goal deficit.

After some halftime adjustments, Katie McLaughlin found the net in the 53rd minute to tie the match. A little more than 20 minutes later, Sara McStravick showed brilliance on the ball at the 75th minute by juking a defender and blasting home the go-ahead goal.

The resilient Portland club returned the favor just 90 second later to tie the game at two, which eventually led to the penalty kicks.

Jorge named the team’s captains Anna Carlos and Grace Lesko his players of the game, because they created several strong runs at goal.

Jorge also singled out his backline of Alaina Doris, Annie Deal, Fiona Thompson, Gabriella Biondi and Julianna Buehler.

“Our defense held the Portland offense in check all game,” Jorge said.