The Redondo (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.) girls soccer teams met Tuesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. Either both teams desperately wanted to advance to the next round or neither team was particularly interested in prolonging its season (probably the former), but the game was scoreless after regulation.
It was scoreless after overtime.
And a winner still wasn't determined after 20 rounds of penalty kicks.
Finally, after goalkeeper Sarah Victor blocked Redondo midfielder Janel De Curtis' attempt in the 21st round, Great Oak emerged victorious on penalty kicks, 20-19. Great Oak's Rachel Makwinski converted her PK before Victor's big save.
"The only reason it hurts so much is because this team really loves one another and I think we had the talent and chemistry to maybe go all the way," Redondo coach Shelly Marsden told DailyBreeze.com while fighting back tears. "Having so much to look forward to in a CIF run and have it cut short because we only made 19 of 21 (penalty kicks) is tough to swallow."
Marsden's quote and the first photo of the Daily Breeze's gallery from the game confirms that it was definitely the former.
Tuesday's game came almost exactly one year after San Diego Crawford and Bishop's of La Jolla needed 21 rounds of penalty kicks -- and two days! -- to decide a boys' soccer playoff game. Wild.