By Richard Miller on September 16, 2021
First Flight and Manteo soccer teams put on an exhibition of hard play, soccer skills, and school pride/rivalry before a standing-room crowd at the First Flight field on Wednesday September 15, from start-to-end, the two teams battled for 100 minutes. When the whistle blew marking the end of the second overtime period the scoreboard still showed the teams were tied 1-1. And that’s how it was entered into the record book, a 1-1 tie after regulation play and two ten-minute overtime periods.
It was a great game to watch and the crowd encouraged their team on for the entire game. This was clearly a spirited game both within and outside the lines. There were chants, cheers, thunderous applause, and an occasional ringing of a cow bell and air horn blast.
The game was scoreless at the end of the first half. Both teams huddled during the half to cool off, rest, drink water, and discuss team strategies. A shout of “We are here to make HISTORY today. We are here to beat First Flight!” was heard from the circle of Manteo players as they gathered to take the field for the second half. It was time to buckle your seat belts.
Like the first half, the rest of the game was fast-paced and highly competitive. The battle continued with aggressive, yet fair, play. Every touch of the ball was challenged. Players started to fall to the field in pain. These were not the typical flops that one often sees on TV. When the game’s trainer was asked if the players are pulling up because of cramps or dehydration, she replied “No, it’s just that they’re all going 100%, giving it their all.”
Indeed, they did give it their all and it was appreciated.
The teams next meet Monday October 11 at Manteo High. You better rest up over the weekend because it’s probably gonna be a classic.
Photos of the game highlighting both teams are available at Richard L Miller Photography.