In the second overtime yesterday, Eleanor Roosevelt thought it had blown victory when Eddie Dovel's open shot hit the goal post and bounced directly back to Largo goalkeeper Dave Letteney.
But moments later, the Raiders' Kevin Dalzell sent a rebound shot off the top off Largo's goal and in to give the hosts a 3-2, come-from-behind victory in Prince George's AA soccer.
"It just bounced off somebody and (teammate John Wells) kept it alive," said Dalzell, who set up the play with a hard shot that Letteney could not control. "I thought it was going in when I kicked it."
It was Largo's first loss this year.
Roosevelt (7-0-1) scored first on a goal by Wells at 15:19. Largo's first goal came at 23:05, when Rob Kemptanien received a pass from Craig Baldwin and tapped in a low shot. Baldwin put the Lions ahead with 30 seconds left in the half when he received a pass from Dave Burkhart and outran the defense before placing a low shot past Letteney.
The Lions played deliberately in the second half, using a tight defense with their midfielders back. It was effective strategy until 71:34, when Tom Bechtold trapped a loose ball in front of Largo's goal and scored.
Roosevelt dominated the first overtime. Wells had three header attempts stopped by Letteney, and a hard shot by Robbie Kooyman was kicked out by defender Ed Dichter.
"This is like winning the county championship," said Dalzell, "because we would have to fall flat to lose (a playoff berth) now."