James Harris' tying goal in regulation and penalty kick after overtime had expired enabled the Vista Sabers of Fairfax to defeat the Saddlebrook Superstars of Rockville and Silver Spring yesterday in the final of the 19-and-under division of the 11th annual Arlington International Soccer Tournament at Yorktown.
Harris, of James Madison High School, tied the score at 1 midway through the second half. After two scoreless 10-minute overtimes, the title was decided by penalty kicks.
The Sabers made their first four, the Superstars only three. On Vista's fifth penalty kick, Harris ensured victory by kicking the ball into the right corner of the net.
"I always ask to take the fifth kick," he said. "I like the pressure."
"It's stupid." Saddlebrook's Michael Woolsey said of the penalty kicks. "It doesn't show which team is better. It just shows which team has five players who can take penalty kicks better."
The Sabers beat the Annandale Rams, 2-1, earlier yesterday to reach the final of the three-day, 12-team round-robin tournament. A week ago, the Sabers beat the Rams, 2-0, to win the Virginia state 19-and-under championship. The Sabers will play in July's Eastern regionals in Niagara Falls, N.Y.