At very long last I finally won the knockout tournament!
Good gameplay with no lag for 4 straight matches: 3-0, 2-0 (rage quit), 3-1, 0-0 (4-3 pens).
Final was tough against a Musa EPL side that ended with 19 tackles and 0 fouls (I only had 1 foul, so...refs suck). Saved the first two penalties and that got me through to the WL for the first time. I don't even care about playing WL matches. I just wanted to prove to myself I could finally win this stupid tourney.