Yes, PK’s aren’t supposed to decide a championship match — at least that’s the spirit of the rulebook in most states when no definitive winner can be declared after 2 overtime periods in a championship match. However, when a Penalty Kick opportunity is awarded by an official during regulation play in a state final, then any and all remaining clock-time becomes ever-so-critical. And that’s exactly what happened during last Friday’s PIAA Class AAA Spring 2008 Soccer Championship Match when the Central Dauphin Rams were awarded a PK by one of the officials who interpreted events a bit differently than most players and soccer fans in the stadium.
Aside from the ensuing PK point (occurring with 20:20 left in the 2nd period of regulation play), neither team was able to score any other goals during regulation time — resulting in the Ram’s 1-0 victory over the Lady Bucks. Our 6-minute slideshow of still images attempts to capture much of the intensity that made last Friday evening’s rematch between Central Bucks West and Central Dauphin a “near-repeat” of last year’s double-overtime, scoreless championship match.
Congratulations to both teams for giving soccer fans a glimpse at some truly championship-class soccer, and extra-special congratulations go out to the Lady Bucks for representing our “corner of the world” with such skill, determination and professionalism in the state tournament!