So the scene was set for this afternoon's titanic struggle, Strypers vs. Weenies.
It was a beautiful autumn afternoon. The sun shined brightly and the temperature hovered around 70 degrees as both teams shook off their nerves early as the crowds grew. The Strypers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead that stood for about 10 minutes before a Weenie snuck a well struck shot past Parker's outstretched hands. The score remained locked at 1-1 through regulation and the first 4 overtimes.
The 5th overtime was one for the ages.
Unbeknownst to me (and most other spectators, players, and maybe coaches), the overtime rules in soccer are not sudden death. We found that out the hard way after one of Park's teammates took full advantage of a handball inside the opponent's box and converted the free kick by going upstairs, beyond the goalie's reach, to take a 2-1 lead as time wained. The Stryper crowd roared with excitement and beamed with pride. Our boys had done the unthinkable and won the championship...or had they? Our excitement only lasted long enough for the referee to make it clear that the game was, in fact, not over just yet.
The opposing team quickly kicked off and dribbled the ball past the somewhat confused Stryper defenders and snuck a shot through Parker's legs as time expired.