The CIF Southern Section 2017 Division 6 boys soccer champion advanced to the quarterfinals of Division 5 Wednesday.
If Dunn is to go farther, it appears the Earwigs will have to do it without any subs.
Isa Annayev knocked home the winning goal in the second penalty kicks phase, and freshman Dunn goalkeeper Brima Kamara preserved the Earwigs' 4-3 win over third-ranked Santa Paula in penalty kicks by stopping three tries in a second-round Division 5 game at Dunn.
The game was scoreless after regulation and overtime and tied 3-3 after the first penalty kicks phase. Then Annayev drilled home the winner after Kamara stopped the first Santa Paula try in the second penalty phase for his third stop in the penalty kicks session.
"Coach (Alex Uribe) always tells us to have a spot in mind where we want to go (on a penalty kicks try), and I knew where I wanted to go with it," said Annayev.
Annayev went left, and his try got past diving Santa Paula goalkeeper Alex Cisneros for the last goal.
Meanwhile, what was a thin Dunn reserve corps apparently will be zero when Dunn plays at second-seeded Baldwin Park Sierra Vista in the quarterfinals Saturday. Start time will likely be either 3 p.m. or 5 p.m.
Dunn had just two subs Wednesday. The Earwigs' best forward, Frank Sowe, incurred two yellow cards. That's the equivalent of a red, so he will have to miss the game Saturday.
Meanwhile, "It looks like my son, Michael, will miss the game because of a collarbone injury," said Alex Uribe, Dunn's first-year coach who had a hugely successful long-term reign at Santa Ynez which ended in 2015.
The Eargwigs (11-0-1) stayed unbeaten. The Cardinals, who won the Tri-Valley League championship at 8-0-2 in league play, finished 14-3-3 overall.
Sowe was tagged with his second yellow card near the end of the first 10-minute half of overtime. The Earwigs, down a man for the second 10-minute half, kept the Cardinals from breaking through.
Not only did Kamara make three saves when the game went to penalty kicks, he scored at the end of the first phase to tie it at 3-3 and keep the Earwigs alive.
Had Kamara missed, Dunn would have been done.
Meanwhile, he guessed right three times on Cardinals' penalty tries. Kamara dove and knocked away the first try, made a sliding save on a stunned Jose Barajas for his second and stopped Edmund Mendoza's try on the first kick of the second phase for his third save.
"It's my vision, confidence and belief," that allowed him to make those saves in the penalty kicks phase,s said Kamara.
Besides Kamara and Annayev, Musa Yansaneh and Said Tohay scored for Dunn in the penalty kicks phase.
The Earwigs barely escaped losing 1-0 in overtime. Barajas' free kick from far behind the midfield line late in the second half of regulation bounced off the top post.
Though they didn't score, the Earwigs' attack seemed sharper in the second half of regulation, when they were going against the wind, then it was in the first half of regulation when they were going with it.
Edgar Manriquez led a sharp Santa Paula passing game that gave the Dunn defense a lot of trouble in the first half of regulation, and the Cardinals were getting to most of the loose balls in the midfield area first. Edmund Mendoza led a Santa Paula defense that shut out Dunn in regulation.
The Santa Paula defense also blocked a lot of Dunn shots.
Cisneros kept the Earwigs off the board in the second half of regulation when, from well in front of the penalty box, he made a big save on Annayev as Annayev was bearing down on him.
"They were the best team we've played," said Annayev. "It was hard for us to get a shot off on goal against them."
Hancock players honored
Four Hancock men's basketball players and four Hancock women's basketball players have earned All-Western State Conference honors.
Devin Davis, Shane Carney and Spirit Ricks from the men's team earned All-WSC First-Team honors, and teammate Glenn Jordan earned honorable mention.
Carney averages a team-high 16.9 points a game for a Hancock team (21-9) that has qualified for the Southern California Regional Playoffs. Hancock went 8-2 in the WSC North Division.
Taylor Lee-Hammer, Karly Beyers and Grace Rosa were all All-WSC First Team honorees for a Hancock women's squad that finished 15-11, including 7-3 in the WSC North.
Rosa averaged a team-high 14.4 points and 8.3 rebounds a game, fourth and fifth-best respectively in the WSC North.