In one of the most exciting soccer games since the Longhorn boys tied for the Class 1A-3A state championship last fall, Payson edged the Flagstaff Sinagua Mustangs 4-3.
The Grand Canyon Region game Jan. 14 at Rumsey Park was dead-knotted 2-2 at the end of regulation play. Payson's two goals were scored by Trent Hubbard and Trevor LaHaye.
With the tie, the two teams locked horns in an overtime period. At the conclusion of the first OT, the teams remained tied at 2-2.
In the second OT, both teams scored a single goal to tie the game 3-3. Payson's goal was scored by Karlowski 7:03 into the extra period.
The two rivals then met in a penalty shootout in which both squads were given five shots each.
After both the Mustangs and Horns scored on three attempts, a sixth penalty kick was called for.
Sinagua's shot was blocked by Payson goal Mark Hillegas.
The miss set up a possible winning shot for Karlowski who was next up. As if he had ice water running through his veins, the sophomore sharpshooter toed the ball through the goal to give the Longhorns the victory.
In soccer action Jan. 10 in Flagstaff, the Longhorns absorbed a 7-0 pounding from the Eagles.
The Horns return to region action tomorrow (Wednesday) at Rumsey Park against Flagstaff Coconino. Game time is 1 p.m.