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Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2009 5:58 pm | Updated: 2:12 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

An audible "Oh, no" came out of Paul Schanaker's mouth as the ball continued to trickle through the penalty box.

SLIDESHOW: 1A/2A/3A boys soccer championship

Just moments later, the Chandler Valley Christian boys soccer coach's fear was realized.

Jesus Leon scored a goal with 27 seconds remaining in the second overtime as ninth-seeded Welton Antelope defeated No. 2 Valley Christian 1-0 in the 1A/2A/3A championship at Arizona State on Saturday afternoon.

The ball was crossed slowly, but somehow wiggled through a host of Trojan defenders. Leon took advantage to end a contest that seemed destined for penalty kicks.

"Soccer is that type of a game," Schanaker said. "We had our chances, and it easily could have been a whole different game."

It was Valley Christian that was on the offensive for most of the match.

The Trojans had several chances in the second half and the two overtimes, and even had a goal taken off the board.

Midway through the second half, Daniel Nowtash seemed to put the Trojans ahead by chesting a ball into the goal.

Valley Christian celebrated wildly, but the goal was nullified when the officials ruled that it was a hand ball.

"I couldn't tell, but the ref was there, so ... " Schanaker said.

Antelope also had a goal taken off the board when Leon knocked in a header in the 69th minute of regulation. It was waved off by an offsides call.

Valley Christian also had a ball that clanked off the goal post and two shots that went right over the crossbar.

"They gave it their all," Schanaker said of his team. "I have no problems with what they did on the field ... I don't have any regrets on how we played it or how our guys did. One little bobble with the ball, and there it is."

Antelope goaltender Eddie Castro also made three fantastic saves.

"He did a good job," Schanaker said. "That's one of the better keepers we've (played against) this year."

The match was played about 16 hours after the semifinals finished.

Valley Christian beat Northwest Christian and Antelope knocked off Yuma Catholic on Friday night. Antelope had to drive up from Yuma for the match.

Schanaker isn't a fan of the scheduling.

"We've got a proposal to try and correct that in the works, if the AIA will buy it, but I don't think they will," he said.

Antelope was the underdog in every match it played in the tournament. It knocked off the Nos. 8, 1, 5 and 2 seeds on its way to the title.

The teams had played once earlier this year, and Antelope won that contest 2-1.

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