Or maybe not.
With just 30 seconds left in their game against Baton Rouge SC, the GPS Florida West U13 boys squad scored the apparent game-winning goal – only to have it disallowed by the referee who said GPS had committed a foul against the Baton Rouge goal-keeper.
Had the goal stood it would have clinched a spot for GPS in the quarterfinal round of the Region 3 youth soccer tournament being held in Greensboro, NC.
Instead, that game ended in a tie giving GPS a 1-0-1 record, good for second place in Pool A.
That means GPS controls their own destiny in the tournament and can advance to the next round with a win or a tie today against TSC Hurricane from Oklahoma.
GPS would also automatically advance if the Arkansas Comets defeat Baton Rouge in their match this afternoon.
But some parents of the GPS team think it shouldn’t even to come to this, as they insist the game winner against Baton Rouge should have counted.
The match against the TSC Hurricanes begins at 4pm today. If they advance to the quarterfinals, GPS will play tomorrow morning at 8:30am. Their opponent won’t be known until all of today’s preliminary round matches have been played.
Pool A consists of state champions from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Florida.
The GPS Florida West U13 boys team trains for its matches and tournaments at jetBlue Park in Gateway. They won the Florida State Cup in May 2017.