Greyson Sands and Silas McGuire were ready to be done.
So the junior duo put a stop to the district first-round boys soccer game that seemed it was going to last into the evening.
Greyson made a diving save in the sixth round of a shootout with Priest River Oct. 11, and Silas buried a game-winning penalty kick to send the Lumberjacks into the semifinals Friday against Coeur d’ Alene Charter.
The game was tied for 94 of 100 minutes, 20 of which were in overtime. Each team grabbed a brief lead before conceding quick follow-up goals.
Grant Compton gave St. Maries a lead in the first half that lasted five minutes, and Priest River took a lead in the second half that was answered in one minute by Grant, assisted by Lance Hamblin.
Greyson would end the contest with 19 saves.
St. Maries’ lone meeting with Priest River leading up to the district tournament was Aug. 28, when the Lumberjacks fell 0-3.
“They’re flying pretty high right now,” Coach Chris Renaldo said. “They did well, and certainly improved over the course of the season, despite that three-week break. We’ll give them all we can Friday.”
Up Next: St. Maries (4-6) faces one-seeded Coeur d’ Alene Charter (11-2-2) Friday at 4 p.m., the winner advancing to the championship game Saturday and clinching a state-tournament spot.
St. Maries 3, Priest River 2 – Shootout Final
SM 1 1 0 0 1
PR 1 1 0 0 X
Shots on Goal: SM 11, PR 23
Saves: Sands 19
Goals: Compton (Scheer) – 9’; PR – 14’; PR – 63’; Compton – 64’ (Hamblin)