In Georgia, Region Three of AAAAA soccer is dominated by two teams, Bradwell Institute and Camden County High School.
No other team in the region has a realistic chance of finishing first. At least that is the story of the past few years.
The first meeting of the two sides for the 2009 season was at Camden where they beat Bradwell 2-0. Bradwell controlled much of the game but were unable to finish the chances they were creating.
Last night was Bradwell's home game against Camden. There was a lot of worry for Bradwell.
Both the star scorer and first string keeper were out injured. Too fill in the voids, Bradwell coach moved on of the first string defenders to keeper and a midfielder up too play as the other striker.
Ultimately, these two injuries could well put Bradwell's first place hopes in the drain. It seemed to be that way, too. Camden were winning 2-0 for the second time this season.
I arrived at the game with 16 minutes left on the clock, seeing a lineup that had me worried. As the Bradwell coach had always told us, two goal leads are the most dangerous.
With about eight minutes left a Camden defender fouls a Bradwell striker. Before the Camden keeper could set up his wall a quick free kick was put in the back of the net. Game on!
Camden were on their heels defending the best they can as Bradwell players are trying their best to score just one more! There are no ties in Georgia soccer, so a goal will send the game to extra time! A foul is committed on a Bradwell midfielder around 45 yards out.
Every player is in the Camden penalty box. There is only 15 seconds left. The ball is kicked up. Camden's keeper thinks he has it when a last second header catches him off guard! GOAL! Bradwell levelled!
In extra time Bradwell come close to scoring but no cigar and the game goes on to penalties.
Up first, Bradwell. Score!
Camden's first player. Saved!
Bradwell again. Score!
Camden. Sav-- no... Off the keeper's hand and into the top of the net!
Camden. Saved again! The back up keeper doing great!
Bradwell, with a goal to win. Score!
Bradwell wins the penalty shootout! The back up keeper the hero!
(Note: Picture is from 2008 season.)