By Staff Writer, Wilson Sierra Martinez
After playing over 100 minutes of game time, including 2 overtimes, the Galileo boys soccer team narrowly missed making the championship game, falling to Thurgood Marshall on penalty kicks (7-6) in the semifinals on February 27th.
The match was a hard fought contest between 2 teams who missed numerous scoring opportunities to take control of the game. The Lions missed 2 wide open goals, and a crucial penalty kick late in the first half by senior Kidus S. that would have given the Lions the lead. The Lions weren’t the only team to miss chances though as Marshall had as many as 8 good scoring opportunities, including 2 missed wide open goals.
The Lions scored their only goal when senior Oliver C. volleyed the ball to the top bin in the last minute of the game to tie the score. Despite chances the match was scoreless during both overtimes which led to a final shoot out.
After the first 5 shots of penalty kicks, both teams tied, making 3 and missing 2, leaving the score tied 3-3. The match then went into sudden death, where Marshall missed their kick, giving the Lions a chance to win the match, but the kick hit the left post, and Marshall capitalized by hitting their last kick, giving them the win.
“Everyone was heart broken & in tears after the game. We felt like we deserved to win; we felt like we played a little better than them. It also felt like the match should’ve ended in a tie, but it can’t be like that in the playoffs, ” said freshman Mathias C.
Although the loss hurt, players also kept the whole season in perspective, not just one game. “That was the worst way to end the season, but overall the boys did great this year,” said Senior Kidus S.
Head coach Mr. Mendoza kept it all in perspective, saying, “Can’t do too much about it, the boys went on to playing more than a hundred minutes very well, it was a great game.”