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Posted: Friday, December 12, 2008 10:38 pm | Updated: 10:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gilbert Highland's Hilary Zenuk scored a penalty-kick goal with one minute left in regulation to tie the score and force overtime, eventually leading to a 2-1 win for the Hawks via shootout in the championship game of the Tempe Diablos Soccer Tournament.

SLIDESHOW: Diablos soccer tournament

Gilbert Highland's Hilary Zenuk scored a penalty-kick goal with one minute left in regulation to tie the score and force overtime, eventually leading to a 2-1 win for the Hawks via shootout in the championship game of the Tempe Diablos Soccer Tournament.

SLIDESHOW: Diablos soccer tournament

Highland's Chelsea Riedell sealed the victory with a goal for the Hawks (4-0-3) in the shootout.

"It could have gone either way," said Highland coach Jonathan Berzins. "That's an unbelievable team (Gilbert). They have so much talent, and we've got to play them two more times in region. I expect two more tough games."

Berzins said the tournament showed that his team "has a lot of heart."

"We had to come back against Hamilton in the same fashion," Berzins said. "This gives us a lot of confidence."

Gilbert (6-1) controlled the tempo in the first half, including a goal off a corner kick by Alyssa Gutierrez in the first 10 minutes. The Tigers appeared to have things in hand until Zenuk's penalty kick soared cleanly into the corner of the goal.

Gilbert had one opportunity in overtime, but an uncontested shot from Alex Kowalski ended up soaring over the crossbar.

"It's always a tough way to lose, and unfortunately we are a little too familiar with that," said Tigers coach Benjamin Holzer, reflecting on a loss in the state championship last year to Phoenix Mountain Pointe in a shootout.

"However, we had questions that we needed answers to, and through this tournament, I got them answered."

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