The unluckiest of breaks led to the most unfortunate of endings Wednesday for Polk County Middle’s boys soccer team.
Time ticking away at Utz Field and overtime looming, a Brevard Middle shot struck an errant foot and deflected into the goal with seven seconds remaining, giving the Blue Devils a 2-1 victory.
The two teams had battled largely on even terms throughout the afternoon, and extra time seemed a just way to determine the victor.
But Brevard’s last-second goal changed that, the shot bound for the arms of Polk goalkeeper Charlie Wagoner instead veering away from Wagnoner at the last second and into the net.
“It’s a killer,” said Polk Middle head coach Lennox Charles. “It’s a tough one to give up.”
Brevard Middle (3-2) had the better of play in a first half that ended with no score. Polk Middle’s Erik Pena changed that midway through the second half, scoring in the 46th minute, but Brevard answered moments later to even the match.
It stayed tied until the last-second dramatics.
“We have to put the ball on goal,” Charles said. “We had four or five great chances in the second half and could not score.”
Polk Middle will return to action on Monday, traveling to Rugby Middle for a 4:30 p.m. match.