VYS U9G Spirit White played in the 2013 Hunt Country Classic and had an experience that they will not soon forget, including back-to-back double overtime and penalty kick shootouts in the semifinals and championship game!
The girls went undefeated in their division on Saturday, beating BRYC Elite Blue 4-1 and then Arlington Blue 1-0 to set up a semi-final match against LMVSC. The girls showed a lot of toughness and grit in playing through extremely cold and frigid conditions and ultimately pulled out an an epic, double overtime, penalty shootout win in the semifinal to advance to the championship game. Due to the protracted length of the semifinal game, the championship game against CYA Purple then began almost immediately after the penalty kick shootout in the semifinals. The girls gave up an early goal, but battled back in the second half to tie the game and send it in to overtime. After a scoreless first overtime, the girls gave up an early goal in the second overtime, but battled back again to tie the game with just minutes remaining. A second consecutive penalty kick shootout ensued and, unfortunately, the result was not what the girls wanted. Nonetheless, they showed a tremendous amount of heart and pride in battling through the cold and fatigue and constantly coming back and fighting to keep in the game. And, most importantly, the girls had a lot of fun and a truly memorable experience. Their parents and coaches could not be more proud!
It was another truly great weekend for the VYS Spirit Academy.