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Freshman Avery Smith sends Waterford to the 2A title game. Hakeem Lubanga heads the ball forward, and Smith holds off a defender and shoots past South Summit's goalie and in. Waterford will meet Grand tomorrow for the 2A championship.
1st minute: We're off and away in the final semifinal game today here at Sayers Field, with Waterford and South Summit battling for the right to face Grand in tomorrow's final.
3rd minute: GOAL WATERFORD! The Ravens are on the board. Star freshman striker Josh Warner slots home from in front of the goal, and Waterford is ahead 1-0 early on.
18th minute: GOAL WATERFORD! Warner ghosts in again to double Waterford's lead. The ball is played through to Warner in front, and he does brilliantly well to get around South Summit's goalie before firing into an empty net. South Summit has looked dangerous at times up to now, but we'll see how the Wildcats can respond to falling behind by two goals.
34th minute: GOAL SOUTH SUMMIT! We have a game on our hands again. The ball finds the feet of Casey Roper in front of goal, and he calmly slots it into the net to halve South Summit's deficit. Such a huge goal to get just before halftime.
We've reached the break here at Sayers Field. Waterford, on the balance of play, has been largely in control, but that late goal South Summit could change things in the second half.
50th minute: This game has gone back and forth so far in the second half. Waterford has had a couple of dangerous moments, as has South Summit. Sets up for a very interesting final half hour.
54th minute: GOAL SOUTH SUMMIT! We've seen some pretty incredible strikes today during the semifinal games today, but that one has to take the cake. From at least 35 yards out on the left side, South Summit junior Brayden Powers unleashes a truly phenomenal shot that flies at pace over Waterford's goalie and ducks just inside the upper 90. Incredible hit. Waterford's goalie thought he was gonna get it, but it just had way too much pace for him to reach it. Game definitely on.
78th minute: Pretty incredible scenes here, as South Summit has Waterford pinned squarely in its own end. The Wildcats have had two shots cleared off the line and have come close on several other occasions. Question is, can they find a late winner, or is this game headed to overtime?
END OF REGULATION
We're headed to overtime to decide who will meet Grand in tomorrow's state championship. South Summit has produced an incredible comeback and will feel that it should've gotten a game-winning goal down the stretch in regulation. The Wildcats carried the majority of the play down the stretch and really could've won it in regulation. Now, can Waterford, under coach Bob Capener, a master tactician, turn things around in OT?
81st minute: And the referee blows his whistle to get overtime underway here at Sayers Field. So much is at stake for both of these teams.
END OF FIRST OVERTIME
Neither team managed a breakthrough in the first overtime, and we're headed to a second one to see if a winner can be found before the dreaded shootout.
96th minute: Little freshman Avery Smith sends Waterford to the 2A title game. Hakeem Lubanga heads the ball forward, and Smith holds off a defender and shoots past South Summit's goalie and in. Amazing scenes and Waterford's bench erupts. Waterford will meet Grand tomorrow for the 2A championship.
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