It took penalty kicks to get Comox Valley United to the cup final. And it took penalty kicks to knock them out of it.
The Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 3B champions were at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria on Saturday to take on sixth-place Campbell River Golden Wings of Div. 3A in the Pearkes Challenge Cup final.
A week after eliminating Div. 3B Vantreights on penalty kicks (after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer) in the semifinals, the same scenario developed in the championship match as the teams played 90 minutes of regulation time and two 15-minute overtime halves without the ball finding the back of the net.
Goalkeepers Tyler Salmond of United and Preston Johnny of the Golden Wings were then called on to continue their stellar play in a penalty kick shoot out, with Campbell River prevailing.
Game MVP was Matthew Wooff from Campbell River.
The cup loss was one of the few low points for United in a season that saw them earn promotion to Div. 2 next season. They finished the regular season with a 12-2-4 record and a goal differential of plus-37.