Rebels win in PK thriller
Published 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023
MCCOMB — Neither regulation nor overtime could determine the winner last Friday night between the Adams County Christian School Rebels and the Parklane Academy Pioneers in the MAIS Division II South opener for both teams.
Instead, it went all the way to penalty kicks and ACCS over Parklane Academy prevailed 4-3 to win the match 4-3 thanks to a couple of key saves by Rebels goalkeeper Damien Johnson.
“It was definitely a good match between the two teams,” Rebels head coach Cristofer Thompson said. “It was tied 3-3 in regulation. We went to overtime and played two halves. Then we went to PKs and my guys were ready for that.”
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However, this match was almost won by ACCS in regulation. After Parklane took an early 1-0 lead, ACCS responded with a goal on a penalty kick by Jamicheal Owwns to make it 1-1. But the Pioneers scored again right before halftime for a 2-1 lead.
“Parklane started out quick and fat. My guys realized they’ve got to play,” Thompson said. “After halftime we tied it up at 2-2 with a long goal from Christian (Neveykin).”
Then the Rebels got what Thompson described as a “lucky break” when Caleb Daugherty scored a goal on a free kick to go up 3-2. However, the Pioneers scored near the end of the second half to make it a 3-3 match and send it into overtime.
Neither team scored in either of the two halves and the match went to penalty kicks. ACCS would eventually take a 4-3 lead and Johnson had the final two saves of the match to preserve victory for the Rebels.
“It’s definitely a must-win if we play on making the playoffs. It’s definitely one of those games in which you need to win,” Thompson said. “We’ve still got Cathedral, Oak Forest and Parklane. We play Cathedral and Oak Forest twice. We don’t play Parklane again until January.”
ACCS (2-2, 1-0) stepped out of district last Monday as the Rebels traveled to Hattiesburg to take on the Hattiesburg 4Runners with the varsity game at 5 p.m., followed by the junior varsity game at 7:30 p.m.