KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- Joey Pacheco is probably going to sleep pretty well tonight.
After all, he didn't get much last night.
"As crazy as it sounds, I didn't sleep well last night; I was tossing and turning," said the sophomore keeper. "I knew something good was going to happen, though. I had a dream that I was going to save a penalty kick at some point tonight."
Pacheco didn't just save one. He saved three.
Those three saves helped California Baptist University beat Cedarville 2-1 in a penalty kick shootout in the semifinals of the 2011 National Christian College Athletic Association Men's Soccer National Championship Thursday night.
The result, which goes into the books as a tie, moves the Lancers to 16-5-1 and into Saturday's finals. The top-seed Lancers will face seventh-seed Geneva at 5:30 p.m. (EST). The game can be seen live for free at www.gpsnonline.com.
Cedarville is now 14-6-2 and will play in the third place game.
"I'm just happy for the guys," said CBU Head Coach Ryan Jorden. "We've had heartache two times this year in overtime in games we felt we should have won. So for the guys to battle and impose their will against a very, very good and organized team, it's fun to see. I couldn't be happier for them right now."
The Lancers and the Yellowjackets battled in a classic national tournament game. It started nearly an hour later than its scheduled 7:30 p.m. (EST) start time and ended just a few minutes shy of 11 p.m. And in the cruelest fashion possible.
They played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer. The Lancers outshot the Yellowjackets 14-11, including a 4-2 advantage in overtime. But both Pacheco and Cedarville keeper Curtis Ranck were up to the task.
In the shootout, Cedarville had the first crack, but Pacheco made a lunging save to his left, and then Willie Rupert, who is a perfect 5-for-5 on PKs during games this year, ripped one in to give the Lancers a quick lead.
Cedarville evened it up in round two when James Twinem scored and Ranck saved Cole Schmit, but Pacheco saved each of the next two, and Alex Anderson converted in the fourth round to give the Lancers a 2-1 lead.
Cedarville's Steve Ellis hit the crossbar in the fifth round, and the Lancers stormed the field in celebration.
"We've been continuing to challenge Joey to grow as a keeper and he's accepting the challenges," said Jorden. "This was just another step for him, but it was a big one. He took responsibility in a big moment tonight, and you don't often see keepers go save the stuff he saved tonight. That was big time."
"As a keeper you just have to be ready to go and have to believe you're going to save at least one," said Pacheco. "You just hope you can read at least one of them right. There is some guessing involved, but I was looking at their approach and I guessed right a few times."