Soccer playoffs

Firestone edged Cuyahoga Falls  in a Division I sectional soccer match in double overtime  Wednesday, one of the best games I’ve seen, and I’m not just saying that because my kid’s team won. The game featured some physical play that the officials generally let play on, an ejection of a Firestone player and some spectacular saves by the Cuyahoga Falls goalie, save the last game-winning shot by Firestone’s Evan Johnson.

Alas, my boy didn’t see any playing time, having spent the season splitting time between JV and varsity. The playoff win-or-go-home setting and the return of some injured varsity players meant Matt was not likely to see much if any playing time. That and the fact that the game was a 0-0 tie through the first overtime meant the A-team had to stay on the field. Still, he came home after the game seriously amped and it was great to see. The energy was palpable during the game and afterward.

Not having sideline access or a huge (and fast) lens created a bit of a handicap shooting this shot, the game-winning goal for Firestone.

I think this was Matt’s former U8-U12 teammate Dylan Lias making a great save, one of several great plays during this game.

A Falls player takes a penalty kick.

Appearances can be deceiving. This was not a goal.

A closer crop of the winning shot, which exposes the flaws of this photo. It’s grainy and fuzzy, could have used a bigger and faster lens and a better photographer. There you have it.

This shot tells it all. The Firestone Falcons rejoice at having just won the match with a sudden-death, double-overtime goal that barely squeaked past the Cuyahoga Falls goalie, while Falls players scattered across the field sit dejected as they try to fathom the loss.

The victorious Falcons run toward the stands to show their appreciation for the fans’ vocal support.

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