Game updates

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2:56 p.m. – Warm-ups are over. Now we’re waiting for the lineups and anthem, I suppose.

3:01 p.m. – Or, we could skip all that and just play. We’re under way.

3:04 – The scoreboard is dark. Great…

3:07 – Seventh minute, no real chances yet…

3:10 – Lots of tackling as both teams do a bit of shadow boxing.

3:11 – The ball just hit a guy in the stands in the head. A nice flick-on.

3:14 – 15th minute, a little activity in front of the FCS net, but no clear shot emerges.

3:17 – FA corner kick after a Jack Ward shot gets deflected out. FCS clears.

3:22 – Assistant referee asks the FA bench players to sit down. Something about seeing offsides…

3:23 – FCS free kick from about 50 yards out is picked off. Ward leaves on a breakaway, but is run down before he gets a good try off.

3:26 – FCS’ Terin Ellus makes a nice run into the penalty area, finds Daniel Dahnke open for an instant, but nothing comes of it.

3:30 – FA has a deep throw-in … FCS counters … Sam Williams comes 35 yards off his line to deny Robert Sandidge.

3:33 – FA’s James Morgan keeps us scoreless by clearing a Dahnke shot away from a gaping goal.

3:36 – FA’s Matt Christian gets fouled at the top of the box … Jackson Ferrell takes the free kick, which bends around the wall and smacks off the right post.

3:39 – The FA cross-country team, covered in body paint, arrives as we approach halftime.

3:43 – The whistle blows after a scoreless first half.

4:02 – Technical difficulties, but you haven’t missed much. There was a Christian breakaway for FA in the 49th minute, but FCS keeper Sean Baker takes it off his feet on the spot.

4:04 – FA are on the front foot now, as they have the Warriors pinned in their own end.

4:06 – These teams know each other really well. It’s going to take something special, or a serious defensive lapse, to get a goal today.

4:08 – FA has a free kick from the left edge, but Ward’s header is way wide.

4:12 – FA has a corner, but Baker snags it out of the air. Good keeping, there.

4:13 – FA’s Ward sends a dangers cross in to Jackson Ferrell, but Baker comes out to parry. Ferrell walks off a knee knock…

4:14 – I’m guessing, but I think we’re in the 64th minute.

4:17 – FA is dominating possession, but it’s still scoreless.

4:20 – 68th minute, and still battling it out.

4:21 – FCS counters, Sandidge has a inch or two of space, but his blast from 20 yards out is way high.

4:24 – Very nearly an own goal for FCS, but the back header runs out for a corner.

4:26 – This has extra time written all over it.

4:27 – FCS has a free kick in a threatening position, but it comes to nothing.

4:29 – FA pushes for a winner, but FCS stays strong. The defenses have been rock solid today.

4:31 – Can’t be much regulation time left now.

4:32 – Sandidge breaks free, hits a blistering shot that is pushed just wide for a corner. Williams catches the corner in the air, and the whistle blows to end the first 80 minutes tied at zero.

The overtime rules are that the teams will play two 10-minute halves. If we’re still tied, there will be two five-minute sudden death periods. After that, it’s on to penalty kicks.

4:38 – The first extra session is under way, as an FCS chant raises from the Warrior faithful.

4:40 – GOAL, FA!!!! FA’s Hunter Bigler makes a run down the left side and slides a perfect through ball to Ward to blisters it into the top of the net for the 1-0 lead.

4:43 – Still time left, as FCS pushes ahead. Both 10-minute halves must be played.

4:45 – I’m a little concerned about my battery. Hopefully, I can stay until the end…

4:49 – The first 10-minute half ends. FA leads, 1-0.

4:53 – The second session is now on. About two minutes in…

4:55 – FCS is throwing men forward, but can’t create any good chances.

4:56 – FCS’ Sandidge sends in a dangerous ball, but Williams is there to collect it.

4:57 – I ran over to the picnic shelter. The good news? I have power. The bad news? I’m eight miles from the pitch.

4:58 – Can’t be much left now.

4:59 – Late free kick for FCS … Ferrell heads it clear.

5:00 – Sandidge sends a ball in, it dribbles towards the goal line, but James Morgan, I think, cleared it off the line just in time.

5:02 – The whistle blows. Fayetteville Academy advances, 1-0.

Off to do some interviews. Check back later for more…

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8 Responses to “Game updates”

  1. Profe de espanol Says:

    Vamos chicos de FA!!! Sois los mejores!!!

  2. Profe de espanol Says:

    Randy, thank you sooooooo much for doing this live. I really wanted to go to Wilson to see my “chicos” play, but I decided to stay because of the rain. Muchas gracias!!!

  3. Profe de espanol Says:

    Noooo…. the battery has to last till the end!!!

  4. Profe de espanol Says:

    WOW!!!! GREAT!!!!! Go Fayetteville Academy!!!!

  5. Chip Stewart Says:

    Haha thats great, my spanish teacher is a true fan!! O and by the way, I passed the ball to Dominic Cusi who passed it to Jack Ward for the only goal of the game (sorry Hunter).

  6. Randy Capps Says:

    Yeah, I read the jersey number wrong. I think I got it right in the story, though…

  7. FCSkeep00 Says:

    FCS, well done boys, being the suprise of the year, winning confrence, we would have liked that state title but we accomplished alot. Thank you to FCS fans for being there all year

  8. The Offside Trap » Blog Archive » Getting ready for the holidays Says:

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