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Blackman soccer beats Oakland for region title

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Blackman's soccer team pulled out a 3-1 overtime victory over rival Oakland on Thursday night to win the Region 4-AAA championship.

Blaze forward Luke Buckley kicked two goals to help give his team the edge, and forward Kobe Srisorath sealed the win with a goal of his own.

"I thought I was going to be offside, but he didn't call it," Srisorath said. "So I was keeping my composure against one of the best keepers in the state. I was pretty nervous, game on the line, and that goal was kind of a dagger the game."

In the first five minutes of the contest the Blaze offense got a shot on the net that was tipped away by Patriots goalkeeper Jakob Hurst.

In the opening moments of the second half, the Patriots offense was stopped after a high kick, as Blaze goalkeeper Colin Dunkley leaped into the fray of Patriots to make the grab out of the sky.

Hurst blocked away a kick with 28 minutes to go, but Buckley kicked in the score off the rebound giving the Blaze a 1-0 lead.

Dunkley once again made a stop on the ball with under 17 minutes to go, and the Blaze defenders helped with a save later with 11 minutes left in regulation.

The game was tied up after a kick by Gerry Esquivel went off the keeper's shoulder into the net to tie the game.

The two teams needed 20 more minutes of overtime to battle it out as Buckley kicked his second goal of the night.

"The first one was the same thing as Tuesday," Buckley said of his two goals. "I was being on the back post and made sure I put it away. The second one I just knew we had to take shots, so I wanted to power it in."

Forward Srisorath kicked the game clincher for the Blaze with under two minutes to go in the extra period.

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