Coming into the 2016 Conference 11 Boys Soccer Tournament, it was a foregone conclusion that one really, really good team would not see their season continue in the 5A South Region playoffs.
And, as expected, the elimination game became the semifinal pitting the #2 and #3 seeds, in this case, perennial power Deep Run and upstart Douglas Freeman. What we didn't expect was that it took take a long, long, long time to see who would punch their ticket to regionals, and who would see their season end.
On May 25th at J.R. Tucker High School, the Rebels and Wildcats battled, and battled, with Douglas Freeman leading 2-1 in the second half before Deep Run's Spencer Weisner scored to force overtime. Then the fun really began.
Two overtimes came and went, opportunities came and went, and then there was sudden death. But the "sudden" part was delayed when two more overtime periods came and went, the score still knotted at two.
Fans proceeded to watch one of the craziest sets of penalty kicks they'll ever witness, as, after 22 combined shots hit the back of the net, and the teams went to a Round 12. Finally, the Rebels made a shot, and stopped one as well, to capture a 3-2 win, a trip to the Conference 11 final, and the 5A South Region bid. The Wildcats saw their season come to an end in perhaps a most disappointing way.
For sheer drama, and for the marathon aspect of the match, we salute both Douglas Freeman and Deep Run boys soccer with our #3 Game of 2015-16!