The Central Secondary Schools Sports Association (CSSSA) high school football finals climaxed tonight at the MCC Grounds, where both female and male games #2 of the Finals 2-game series ended deadlocked in regulation. The females settled matters in overtime, but the males had to go all the way to penalties.
Games #1 of the Finals for both females and males were played on Friday, February 8, and both were draw games. In the females, Wesley and SCA played to a 0-0 draw. And in the males, ACC took a 1-nil first half lead on a goal by Richard Waight; but Dmitri converted a penalty in second half to level things 1-1 for SJC.
The decisive second games of the Finals took place this evening at the MCC Grounds, after which medals were awarded to the 1st and 2nd place finishers.
The female Finals game 2 today between Wesley and SCA was scoreless in regulation, so they went to 5-5 overtime. And it was in overtime that the Wesley girls exploded for 3 goals, starting with a penalty conversion by Erika Milligan, and followed by two more strikes by Elisha Bernardez and Shanice Neal, for the final 3-nil score and the championship.
Next was the male Finals game 2 between SJC and ACC, and they were scoreless in regulation and also in the 10-10 overtime. ACC had dominated play in both regulation and overtime, but they were unable to shake the SJC net; and in the penalty shootout, SJC prevailed, 3-2, for the championship, with conversions by Dmitri Fabro, Sydney Bradley and Jorge Perez.
CSSSA champions, Wesley females and SJC males will represent the Central Zone in the National high school football championship this Friday and Saturday in Orange Walk.