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Friday, February 17, 2006

Kudos to Parkway

I don't think I've ever been at a more emotionally draining game than the high school soccer game I was at last night. The Parkway boys team was on the verge of advancing to the state quarterfinals when it all vanished in minutes.

The Panthers got the go-ahead goal late in the game with about eight minutes remaining only to have a defensive error cost them dearly. Alexandria scored in the final minute of regulation, then scored in the final minute of the overtime! That's like hitting two buzzer-beaters from mid-court in the same game.

Your heart has got to go out to head coach Chuck McBee and his kids. They had fought through a shaky first half, turned their game around in the second half, scored what should have been the game-winning goal and then crumbled in a span of about 20 minutes.

The Panthers deserved a better ending than what they got.

-Brian Vernellis


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