Penalty kicks are a cruel, cruel way to decide a soccer game. The ending to Saturday’s South Carolina Class 4A boys title game between Lexington and Irmo was especially brutal.
After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, the teams were tied 3-3 in penalty kicks when Irmo’s Mattison Gossett sent a low screamer toward the left corner of the goal. Lexington goalkeeper Jacob Parton deflected the shot, but it took an awkward bounce and rolled into the net as Parton celebrated what he thought was a great save.
Irmo coach Phil Savitz, who was coaching his final game at the school, didn’t see the stunning game-winner.
“I don’t ever watch PK’s,” Savitz told The State. “I don’t like them, I don’t care for them. I will go back to see how we won. It’s just remarkable. This is most inexperienced, youngest team I’ve coached in 33 years. They don’t have the experience that so many of those previous teams that’s played for the state championship but they have heart, chemistry and they believe in each other. It’s an amazing group to be associated with. I’m just happy I had the opportunity to be with them.”
All things considered, Parton seemed to be in good spirits after the game, thanking his teammates and supporters on Twitter.
It could’ve been worse for Parton. At least he didn’t do this.
Thanks to Yahoo! Sports for bringing this video to our attention.