Oroville loses a heart-breaker to Bridgeport

Naomi Peters moves the ball across the field in a home match against Bridgeport last Thursday. The Hornets lost after two sudden-death tie-breakers after regulation play. Photo by Gary DeVon

Naomi Peters moves the ball across the field in a home match against Bridgeport last Thursday. The Hornets lost after two sudden-death tie-breakers after regulation play. Photo by Gary DeVon

OROVILLE – After two sudden-death tie breakers failed to determine a winner, the Oroville Hornets lost to the Bridgeport Fillies on penalty kicks.

On a cold, drizzly Thursday evening, the Lady Hornets found themselves tied two to two with Bridgeport under the lights at Oroville’s Ben Prince Field. After regulation, officials called for a five-minute “sudden-death” overtime match with the first goal scored to determine the winner. With five minutes gone from the clock the two determined teams found they were still locked in a tie. A second round of five-minutes still couldn’t break the tie.

Officials then asked the opposing coaches to chose five players from each side. The ten girls lined up and alternating teams, they each took a turn kicking towards the opposing team’s goalie. Bridgeport successfully put two into the goal to Oroville’s one and the Fillies were declared the winner.

This game put Oroville out of the running for continuing on in the post season in NCW 1B/2B play. However, Coaches Laura Kinman and Kristen Sarmiento told their girls to keep their heads up as this was the best season any Oroville girl’s soccer team had played since the sport was adopted by the school.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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