JEFFERSON CITY — Andrew White felt it was his responsibility to hold the goal. The Jefferson City senior said he leads all of his team's rallies and chants.
And as a senior and defensive player, he thought the defense needed to shut out Hickman in Wednesday's Class 3, District 9 championship game after his teammate Frankie Morgan scored an early goal to give the Jays the lead.
"We don't score a lot really," White said. "When we get a goal, we've got to hold that goal."
The Jays didn't succeed in shutting out the Kewpies, but still won 2-1 in overtime. After the game, White had almost lost his voice.
"My voice goes pretty quick," he said.
For most of the game, the Jays held the one-goal lead they gained on Morgan's shot off a rebound. But with 8:39 left, Hickman's Mason Morawitz scored off a rebound to tie the score.
"I didn't think it was good," White said. "Because we've been to overtime before and we've lost some, we've won some. Right at the end of the game, they held that momentum and stuff."
White admits that after Morawitz's goal, he considered the possibility that his high school soccer career would end Wednesday.
"It goes through your mind," he said. "We were all tired. We don't want to go into overtime."
White said he tried to keep his team upbeat.
"People were getting their heads down," White said. "And I'm just trying to be there, saying, 'We can't do that.' The bench, I'm sure they got down, I'm sure the bench got down. I was a little bit down, but we've just got to stay positive."
After regulation, Jefferson City's Adam Stark scored in sudden death to give the Jays the win.
Hickman coach Larry Thornburg said he was expecting a close game.
"I didn't know which way it was going to go," Thornburg said. "We played them earlier in the year, beat them 1-0. And in my way of thinking, the teams were evenly matched tonight. Jeff City beat us."
Thornburg said he can't identify a difference between the win his team got against Jefferson City earlier in the season and the loss Wednesday.
"We were evenly matched early in the season," he said. "We were evenly matched tonight. I'm sure if we played them 10 times, they'd beat us five times and we'd beat them five times."
Thornburg declined to identify specific players as key to the game.
"I don't have any comments about any individual players," he said. "The team gave tremendous effort tonight. Everybody did. The keeper played above his head. Our field players played above his head. It was a good game. And my players gave 100 percent."
After the game, Jefferson City coach Eddie Horn was tired of standing. With the team's district championship trophy in his lap, he took a seat on his team's bench.
"I thought it was going to be a 2-1 game," Horn said. "I really did, I told our coaches it was going to be 2-1. I don't think that we can shut them out, and I just hope that we can get two and be on the 2-1 side. I feel like we'll get one, and we got the early one."
When his team's first goal came, it didn't excite Horn as much as it did his team's players or fans.
"It did concern me," he said. "Because they are a very good attacking team. They come forward extremely well."
When Jefferson City finished the victory, White and his teammates ran over to the student section to celebrate.
"It's indescribable," White said. "Because last year we lost to Rock Bridge in the first round and I don't know, there's no feeling to describe when Adam scored that goal."