Men's World Cup Soccer Spring 1999

Black Outs

Championship Game Summary
Black Outs defeated Prince International 0-0 (penalty kicks)

Fifteen teams participated in the challenging and exhausting 3-day tournament. Black Outs went undefeated in league play and beat Team Donkey 2-0 to advance to the championship. Prince International won its league and hung on to beat Viva Malaka 5-4 to reach the final.

Black Outs and Prince were evenly matched with solid defenses and potent strikers. The wind seemed to play devil’s advocate with most of the scoring chances, causing balls to loft high over the net. Black Outs defenseman Niel Middleton had the best scoring chance in the first half as his shot deflected off teammate Steve Boucher and was somehow tipped away by Prince keeper L. Martin Lindberg. Neither team scored in the first half.

For most of the second half, both teams traded ball possession with little scoring opportunity. Clearly the rigorous pace of the tourney had wilted any and all fresh legs. Then, with 3 minutes to play Prince nearly banged one home. Keeper DeSousa was down and out of the net. As the ball sailed toward the open net, Middleton came from no where to get a foot on the ball and loft it over top of the crossbar. The game ended 0-0 in regulation. Two overtimes later the score was still 0-0.

In the shootout, third kicker Cesar Vargas uncharacteristically failed to score. Black Outs kept pace with their shooters, as did Prince’s fourth and fifth kickers. With the penalty kicks tied at four, Alexi Bebezas calmly booted the ball past keeper Lindberg.

Prince International