DHS Soccer PK Finish by Phil Evans

Dutchtown High School had a region match at home against Woodland High School and both teams were ready to renew their rivalry. The game started with a quick set piece from the corner for Woodland and with only three minutes gone the Wolfpack put their first score on the board. The game was off and running.

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The game started with a quick set piece from the corner for Woodland and with only three minutes gone the Wolfpack put their first score on the board. The game was off and running. Dutchtown did however respond about ten minutes later with a goal of their own. The Bulldogs quickly regained composure and pressured the ball hard on the offensive half of the field. The team generated turnovers and did not allow Woodland to cross midfield. Then with fifteen  and 12 minutes left in the half Dutchtown put two goals in the net causing for a little sigh of relief from the crowd. The game stayed 3-1 for the rest of the half as the teams took a knee on the pitch.

At the start of the second half, the Bulldogs’ complacency cost them. They returned looking slow and calculated, however this would not help them win the game. Woodland capitalized and started their comeback. However, with 21 minutes to go in the game Samuel Gyasi scored making the game back to a manageable 4-2.

Woodland continued to fight and less than two minutes later, the score was 4-3. The Wolfpack were chasing and doing a good job. After another set piece they tied it up with only 7 minutes to go.

With the score tied at 4, overtime was due. Dutchtown failed on two incredibly close attempts and the hardest, most nerve-racking part of the game was started the PK. The rules are as follow best of 5 series with a set line up till five. The experienced goalies and shooters of Woodland felt very confident.

Woodland’s captain started off with a kick right down the middle that hit the football goal post behind the goal. Next up was Barbosa who knew what to do and quickly placed the ball in the net tied 1-1. The next two players also made quick work of the goalies and the score was tied at 2. Then in the third pairing Woodland scored, however Krimson Mani’s shot flew over the crossbar and elated the Woodland crowd. Dutchtown’s goalie also had no luck. After having no confidence from the missed stopped in the regular play he had no chance and continued to let goals in. Now with the score being 3-2 Woodland stepped up in a sudden death chance and calmly placed it in the net. Game Over

Dutchtown vs Woodland 4-5 (PK 2-4)

-Phil Evans

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