Up and Down, and Up Again
Sometimes the best part of a game is the last half of it.
That was certainly the case today, as the Shoreline CC Dolphins headed into the 2nd half tied 0-0 against Clark College. The sun was bright and constantly in the face of Shoreline’s players, although they did not give up any goals.
As a photographer, the action was ho-hum — but one could see how irritating the tie was getting for the players. Some just blocked out the sun as best they could:
And others took the tie game more personally, as one SCC player did when she argued with an official over possession of the ball; she got herself a red card and the other team got the ball.
Soon the official game ended, and with Shoreline and Clark College mired in a 0-0 score, went into overtime. The ten minute overtime resulted in still no goals scored, so the game went into a shootout.
You could really feel how important a game this was for SCC; the women wore their expressions on their face, and a once playful team had become visibly gloomy. Luckily, after last week’s portrait shoot with the team’s defenders, I have a good enough working relationship that they ignored my presence in the team huddle. Still, I tried to be respectful during this tense time, and am happy with these ones.
So now the two teams would duke it out in a goal kick shootout; each team would take turns goal kicking, and the first team to score four times would win this nearly three hour game.
Clark College goes first and makes a goal, but SCC counters with a kick to the back-left of the net; it’s 1-1.
Clark College misses their attempt and SCC knocks another one to the back-left. Now it’s 2-1.
Clark College misses again, and SCC makes another goal. It’s 3-1 Shoreline, and the team bench is going wild. Out on the field, they are screaming, jumping, and cheering each other on.
So it’s 3-1 Shoreline, and if Clark College is to win, they must sink this shot.
Their player takes a moment to calm themselves down, but it doesn’t help: they miss the 2nd shot in a row.
So now its 3-1 Shoreline, and even I’m a little on edge as SCC lines up what could be their winning goal kick.
Parents are shouting and so are the players.
And then it happens. Shoreline sinks their 4th and final kick to the far right corner of the goal.
So after a nearly three hour game, with a scoreless overtime and a tense and dramatic shootout, Shoreline’s womens soccer team were going to the NWAACC playoffs — and a mix of tears and smiles soon appeared on their faces.
This was such an interesting game to shoot, what with the emotions fraught as well as the actual tension of the game. And from a photographer’s perspective, it was great to see good moments happen in such amazing light.
Thanks for looking everyone.