Camden County ran the clock, controlled the offense and had a 2-0 lead against the Bradwell Tigers at Olvey Field on Thursday. It seemed the Tigers were destined to lose to the Wildcat squad that has defeated them for the past four years — the duration of head coach Greg Cooke’s career at Bradwell.
However, in the second half, the Tigers scored a goal with 2 minutes left. Then, with 30 seconds left in regulation, Tiger Brian Jackson scored off a corner kick, sending the game into overtime.
The wildcats appeared stunned and winded as the referee allowed extra time on the clock for an illegal substitution, giving the Tigers 30 seconds and a final chance to tie the game.
In overtime, the Tiger defense and goal keeper Mark Potter kept the Wildcats at bay, forcing a penalty shootout.
Cooke praised Potter, who had not played the keeper position for some time. Potter blocked three of the four Wildcat kicks during the shootout.
Tiger Chris Shuster sat out the game until there was less than a minute left in regulation, nursing an ankle injury received against Groves on Tuesday. His return allowed for the first of four penalty kicks the Tigers made.
Jackson and Ethan Deemer added to the kicks and when all was said and done, the Tigers took a 4-1 shootout victory. It was also another region win for the Tiger squad.
With the excitement of the boys’ game behind them, the Lady Tigers took the field but trailed 0-2 at the half.
Despite a valiant effort, the Camden girls’ passing game kept them ahead for the 2-0 win.
The Tigers were scheduled to play on Saturday against Jenkins. The Courier will bring you the results as they become available.