The play of goalkeeper Donis Escober (pictured) helped to lift Olimpia to a 28th league title on May 4, 2014, as the Lions outlasted Marathon on penalty kicks, 4-2, after their two-legged final series ended 0-0 on aggregate. (Photo: Mexsport)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Olimpia outlasted gritty Marathon, 4-2 on penalty kicks, to capture the 2014 Honduran Clausura title on Sunday at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino. Their two-legged series ended scoreless after 210 tightly-contested minutes.
It was Olimpia’s 28th league crown, guaranteeing the Tegucigalpa-based side a seventh consecutive trip to the CONCACAF Champions League. The Lions join El Salvador’s Isidro Metapan as the only two teams to qualify for every edition of the annual regional competition, which was reconfigured in 2008.
"The credit goes to them,” said head coach Hector Vargas, who won his first Honduran championship. “They are the ones that made me champion and not the other way around. It is a dream to achieve something with such a big club as Olimpia, which you know since you're hired to fight for the title. We'll think of what's coming for next season. For now, we are going to enjoy this title with the players, directors and our families.
"It's an indescribable joy. We deserve to be champions because we were the best. It would have been a shame if they could not achieve this.”
Omar Guerra, Romell Quioto, Roger Rojas and David Meza successfully converted on their penalty kicks to swell Olimpia’s record for the most league crowns in Honduran football history.
Quioto, who scored a first-minute goal in the 1-0 semifinal, first leg win over Victoria said, “Thank God this championship was given and now to enjoy it.”
Goalkeeper Donis Escober went the whole way in the second leg after Noel Valladares started the opener. He made key saves throughout the encounter, as well as in penalty kicks.
“This title is dedicated to God and to my family,” expressed Escober.