Arcahaie of Haiti have punched their ticket to the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League after topping Forge FC of Canada 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League on Tuesday night at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The hero of the night for the Caribbean side was GK Guerry Romondt, who made two saves in the shootout to help secure the victory.
Arcahaie become the first team from the 2020 SCL to qualify for the 2021 SCCL, while Forge will look to make the most of their second chance in the 2021 SCCL play-in match next week.
Forge had the majority of possession in the first half, but found the going tough in the first half-hour against an Arcahaie defense that was very well-organized.
Shortly before halftime, Forge started applying the pressure and earned a penalty when David Choiniere was fouled in the penalty area. Daniel Krutzen stepped up to take the spot kick and coolly converted to give Forge a 1-0 lead in the 45+1’.
Forge weren’t satisfied with just a one goal lead and looked to tack on a second after the re-start, with Krutzen coming within inches of doing so in the 49’ with a free kick that banged off the crossbar.
Arcahaie hung tough though and they were rewarded for their persistence in the 59’ when Forge GK Triston Henry mishandled a back pass, allowing Kervens Jolicoeur to swoop in and score to make it 1-1.
Neither team could find a second goal, so matters had to be resolved in a penalty shootout, where Romondt saved the first two Forge attempts, while all four Arcahaie players converted to nail down the win.