Safira defeated Tarrafal in PKs in the 2017 Amateur State Finals match yesterday afternoon.
On this crisp, cool, December afternoon with the Boston skyline as a backdrop, the USASA Amateur Cup Mass Soccer State Final kicked off at Roberto Clemente Field. Both teams brought passionate supporters and the heated excitement of the game drew in new fans and spectators who could not help but watch the intensity of match up!
Tarrafal was first to score and went up early in the first half 1-0. Safira matched the goal before halftime and the game sat 1-1 at the half. Tarrafal was able to strike again in the second half with another goal which it took Safira until the 81st minute to score the equalizer.
In overtime, Tarrafal had a few good opportunities. The Safira goalie made one beautiful diving save and Tarrafal released one shot that soared just over the crossbar. The OT periods ended with a score remaining 2-2.
PKs were exchanged by both teams. Clutch shooting stayed on target just outside of goalies efforts for several rounds until, Safira goalie made a diving save followed by Safira finishing its next PK. Safira did not miss a shot in the PK rounds.