EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) -Out of two high school teams that punched its ticket to the State finals this weekend, no one endured a crazier Semi-State round then the Memorial boys’ soccer team.
After a windy first half and a weather delay in the second half, the Tigers went to overtime tied at one goal apiece.
There, both teams traded goals in the final minute of the second overtime period, before Memorial took down Guerin Catholic, 3-2 in an intense round of penalty kicks.
It was the 18th appearance for the Tigers in Semi-State, and now Memorial has a chance to win its 5th state title in IHSAA history, Saturday afternoon.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played in a game quite like that," said Memorial junior and co-captain, Isaac Bennett. "With them scoring in that second double overtime and then we’ve got a minute left we said ‘We can’t put our heads down we’ve gotta come back and put another one in’, which we did. After losing last year in Regionals, we thought we didn’t wanna come out and lose another game like that. We don’t wanna come out and lose in the first five minutes, so we gotta stay tough all year.
“It’s one of those kinda epic games that you see every...long time," said head coach, Bill Vieth. "So we’re glad it went our way but we’ve worked really hard this week to now focus on the next game cause we told our guys ‘Look if we don’t take advantage of that victory then it’s kinda for-naught’. So we’ve moved on good, I’m happy with our guys.”
Memorial will face South Bend St. Joseph in the Boys Class 2A State Championship game on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m. CT at Fishers High School.