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The soccer match that hasn't ended

February 22, 2012 |  1:02 pm

It’s the soccer match that produced so much drama and excitement that a winner couldn’t be decided.

On Tuesday in La Jolla, Crawford and Bishop’s of La Jolla played a boys’ San Diego playoff match that was tied, 3-3, after regulation.

After 21 rounds of penalty kicks, the match still wasn’t decided before the officials stopped it because of darkness.

“It was unbelievable,” Bishop’s Coach Malcolm Tovey said.

The match started at 3:30 p.m. and lasted until around 6.

“The referee decided it was too dangerous and the goalkeepers couldn’t see at the end,” Tovey said.

There were 18 successful penalty kicks and three that failed.

“I’ve never heard of anything going that far,” Tovey said. “It was a surreal experience. We had chances to win, they had chances to win.”

The coaches decided rather than resume the match on Wednesday with penalty kicks, they would start from the beginning with a new game.

“Both coaches decided they would rather settle the game on the field,” Tovey said. “There’s going to be two tired teams today. At least we’ll be able to sort it out.”

-- Eric Sondheimer

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