Robby Babb literally saved Moapa Valley’s boys soccer season Wednesday.
The sophomore goalkeeper made eight saves in overtime, then stopped a potential match-ending penalty kick in a shootout, and finally saved a potential match-tying penalty kick in sudden-death penalty kicks.
As a result, Babb and the Pirates get to play again on Thursday.
Moapa Valley and White Pine played to a 1-1 tie through two overtimes in a Class 3A Southern League play-in game in Mesquite before the Pirates won a shootout, 4-3 in the sixth round.
Moapa Valley (2-9-2) advances to meet league champion Virgin Valley in a semifinal Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bettye Wilson Park.
“He was unconscious,” Moapa Valley coach Gerald Swanson said of his goalkeeper. “Babb put on a clinic.”
After the teams played two scoreless 15-minute overtimes, Moapa Valley went first in the shootout and trailed 3-1 after three rounds.
The Pirates scored and White Pine hit the crossbar in the fourth round to make it 3-2.
In the fifth round, Moapa Valley scored, and Babb dived to make a save on the White Pine shot, forcing sudden-death.
Hector Cervantes connected for a goal for Moapa, putting the Pirates ahead for the first time in the shootout. Babb preserved the win with a save high on the left side of the goal on a shot by White Pine’s Jacob Bradshaw.
Saje Gale scored in the first half for the Bobcats (1-10-2).
Dylan Smith tied the match for Moapa Valley with 11 minutes left in the first half.