King upsets #1 seed Brother Martin in soccer playoffs

SOCCER JPGA goalkeeper who joined his team mid-season cemented the upset of the top seed in the Division I Boys state soccer playoffs.

After a scoreless regulation, overtime, and sudden death, Grace King keeper Jeremy Brown stopped two shots in penalty kicks as King beat Brother Martin 4 penalty kicks to 3.

Brown was a baseball player. But, after a plea by head coach Raul Hernandez and the okay from Brown’s grandmother, Jeremy decided to play soccer. “He has been the missing link that we needed, stepping up every game,” said Hernandez. “He showed us his ability and composure. He saved us a lot.”

Brown said the win for King was big. Maybe bigger.  “This is a humongous win. This is the first time we have ever been past the quarterfinals and we have only been here once.”

Brown’s stop of Mark Mangum sealed the victory. Brother Martin, ranked as high as number 3 nationally, finished the season with 20 wins, and 1 loss.  “All of those things are great accomplishments,” said head coach Steve McAnespie. “But at the end of the day, there is a big but.”

King hosts Acadiana Saturday in the Division I semifinals.

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