TAMPA — Jesuit coach Bob Bauman admits he's not a fan of penalty kicks.
But take into account a bug that hit Jesuit this week left him without at least four starters — sometimes more — each day of practice this week, and he was even more worried as the clock ticked through regulation and two overtimes in Thursday's region quarterfinal against East Lake.
Four of his players had already needed IV treatments at halftime.
"After all that, you worry if they can kick the ball 12 feet," Bauman said.
But the gritty Tigers did enough to survive, edging East Lake (19-2-4) in sudden-death penalty kicks 5-4 after the nationally ranked teams played to a 1-1 tie.
"I've never had a game when I've felt more unprepared," Bauman said. "We knew what to expect from them, but in terms of us being able to sustain their pressure for 80 minutes plus and for us to build momentum, I didn't know."
For the second straight season, Jesuit (24-1-1) ended East Lake's season. Senior midfielder Keith Sierra scored the Tigers' only goal — a score that appeared to come after the ball hit the post and deflected off the football field-goal crossbar — and converted the winning penalty kick.
Jesuit goalkeeper Robert Kouwe made the game-clinching stop, diving to his right to stop Brett Hummel's low kick.
"I could tell the way he was shooting by the way his hips were turned, so I just dove that way and hoped I hit the ball," Kouwe said.