STRONGSVILLE: The mere mention of a penalty kick shootout leads to a dramatic finish, and, boy, did Revere experience one Wednesday night at Pat Catan Stadium.

Revere and rival Bay Village Bay played even for 110 minutes in a Division II state semifinal match, but Revere earned a spot in the state title match by defeating Bay 4-1 in a PK shootout that set off of a celebration on the pitch and in the crowd.

“We practice PKs a million times in practice, so I was ready to go, and confident,” Revere senior Sandor Jakab said.

Jakab, seniors Dante Pardi and Omar Najjar and junior Andrew Cooke each converted a PK, and senior goalkeeper Sam York stopped two of Bay’s three attempts.

“We do PKs every day during the playoffs,” Revere coach Nick DePompei said. “We prepare for this part of the season and we know PKs are a part of this. Everyday, they hit PKs and every day they get angry with Sam because he starts to learn where they go.”

Revere (17-2-3) and Bay (18-2-2) played 80 minutes of regulation play and then two 15-minute overtime sessions before the penalty kicks. York made 16 saves and defender Owen Alexander also poked away a shot on goal.

“I just tried to do my best during the PKs and give my team a chance,” York said.

Revere took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute with a goal by Cooke after a pass by Jakab.

Bay junior Kyle Cusimano drew a foul just inside the penalty box in the 28th minute and converted a penalty kick to even the score at 1-1.

The Rockets took a 2-1 lead in the 48th minute with senior Cade Gergye scoring a goal after receiving a pass from junior Aidan Bozak.

The Minutemen tied it at 2-2 in the 62nd minute when Pardi fired in a free kick for a goal from about 40 yards out.

“We played great,” Pardi said. “We built up way more confidence through the season.”

Revere was forced to play a man down when a player received his second yellow card in the 68th minute, and was subsequently given a red card and removed from the match. The Rockets kept attacking, but the Minutemen did not allow a goal playing 10 against 11 for the final 42 minutes — 12 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime periods.

“Playing with 10, the guys just stayed calm,” DePompei said. “They stayed calm, cool and collected. We had a strategy with 10 men. We saw them on their heels, so we decided to go at them a little bit, and then obviously we have 10 players and we are gassed. We told them ‘We will pick our moments and we are going with pace as much as we can.’

“Once PKs started, I think the mental thing that I had to try to put into my guys' heads is that we are playing with house money right now. They should have taken us with 10. The pressure is on them.”

Even though Revere was down a man, DePompei played 13 guys. Jakab, Pardi, Najjar, Cooke, York and Alexander started with senior Sam Webster, sophomores Tommy Buser and Joey Klein, junior Trent Rorabaugh and freshmen Michael Novosel. The two reserves were senior Alexi Konstantinopoulos and freshman Trevor Rorabaugh.

“It feels amazing to advance, especially going down to 10 men when we did,” Najjar said. “Having to fight through the end of regulation and two overtimes feels amazing.”

Said Cooke: “After York made his second save during PKs, I asked the ref: ‘Will mine be the winning one if I make it?’ And he said, ‘Yes,’ as I was walking up. I kind of got excited and I was smiling a little bit as I went to go to kick the ball.”