Simley 2, Austin 1: Simley, in the first half, and Austin, in the second, traded dictation of the pace of play, momentum bursts and successful penalty kicks.
After that back-and-forth affair, it all came down to a last-minute desperation shot — literally.
Just when officials in the Roseville High School press box were discussing overtime procedures, Spartans forward Oja Ena had the ball drop in his direction from 18 yards out. In one motion, Ena turned to his left and booted the ball toward the Packers net. The shot went in with 58.8 seconds remaining, capping a wild regulation victory for the second-seeded Spartans (18-1-4).
Simley’s Ben Royce and Austin’s Jacob Brehmer connected on their respective penalty shot tries.
Austin finishes the season 14-6.