CULVER - The seniors on Manchester High School’s boys soccer team did a lot Saturday to extend their prep careers.

After 80 minutes of regulation, 14 minutes of overtime and a PK session, however, the Squires had reason to thank junior keeper Dillon Gish.

The 6-foot Gish made two spectacular saves in the PK shootout against the host Eagles in the championship game of the Culver Academies Sectional, lifting the Class 2A No. 8 Squires to a 5-4 win and the program’s first sectional title.

The teams were tied 3-3 after regulation and 4-4 after the second 7-minute overtime period.

“Two big saves … it was unbelievable,” Manchester coach Dave McKee said of Gish. “The only advice I gave him before the PKs, I said ‘no pressure on you, this is about the shooters, no pressure.’

“I didn’t say guess. I didn’t say wait for the shot. He waited for that player to come up. One he didn’t save, he went the right way, and another he didn’t save he didn’t go the right way.

“The goalies aways feel like it’s on them, and it’s never on them, because it’s expected for the players to make them.”

Manchester senior Justin Self started the PK by putting a shot past Culver senior keeper Eric Concannon, and Gish turned away senior Gavin Taets on the Eagles’ first attempt, giving the Squires the upper hand

With Manchester up 3-2 in the PK session, Gish blocked an attempt by Culver Academies junior Francisco Septien.

Then, with McKee hiding behind his players and not watching, Squires senior Sam Reichenbach sent Manchester’s players, coaches and large cheering section into a frenzied, field-rushing celebration when he put a shot past Concannon.

“Coach Dave told me the pressure was not on me, it was on the kickers,” said a humble, soft-spoken Gish. “Our guys made their shots, they were all on goal. Owen (Kruschwitz) did get his blocked, and that’s alright. I made my saves … I went which way I thought they would kick, and I made two saves. That’s what we needed to win.”

The thrilling win improved Manchester’s record to 18-0 and advanced the Squires to Saturday’s regional at Oak Hill High School, where they will face 12th-ranked Leo (14-2-1) at 10 a.m.

No. 7 Western (18-1) will face New Castle (12-6-1) in the second semifinal at approximately noon.

The regional final is slated for 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to a semistate that will be hosted by either Kokomo or South Bend St. Joe.

“You can’t really describe it in words,” Manchester senior Harley Kruschwitz, who scored two goals and upped his season total to 51, said of winning the program’s first sectional championship.

“I’m speechless honestly, because there was so much anticipation that went into all four years, and to finally get it the fourth year and to be the first sectional champs in boys soccer history at Manchester is crazy.”

Kruschwitz’s 50th goal of the season put Manchester up 1-0 in the 17th minute.

Senior Caleb Stout’s 27th score of the year upped the Squires’ advantage to 2-0 in the 21 minute.

After the Eagles cut the deficit to 2-1, Stout gave the Squires another two-goal lead with a PK in the 35th minute.

Culver Academies scored in the 35th and 60th minutes to knot the score at 3-3.

Kruschwitz, falling down, lofted a left-footed shot past Concannon three minutes into the first overtime for a 4-3 Manchester lead.

With his teammates taking celebration photos after the win, Kruschwitz smiled when asked about his acrobatic score, saying “I can’t wait to see that one on film, because I don’t know how I did that.”

Culver Academies senior Luis Malanga sent the game into the PK session with a goal in the 89th minute.

The Eagles, who beat No. 3 Fort Wayne Concordia to advance to the title tilt with Manchester, finished the season with a record of 12-4-1.