Tim Cashel, Webster Groves High School's long-time boys soccer coach, is not a fan of penalty kicks (PKs) as a way to decide a tie game.
On Aug. 22, in a game that had gone 100 minutes (two 40-minute halves and two 10-minute overtime periods), Webster Groves and Lindbergh played to a 2-2 tie entering PKs at Selma Field. It was only fitting to end the game with a tie because of darkness. Cashel and Lindbergh Coach Mark Giesing agreed to end the game in a deadlock for the protection of the players.
"We need to walk out of here with a point," Cashel said. "It's the right thing to do.
"I don't believe in this penalty kick rule," he said. "Both teams played really hard. We fought back. It was dark. I'd just like to give each team a reward today."
Webster Groves opened the game with no intensity or enthusiasm and trailed, 1-0, at halftime. A tirade from Cashel to his players during intermission led the Statesmen to play more aggressively in the final 40 minutes.
"The first half could have been better," said senior forward Jordan Andrews.
Andrews, along with goaltender Sam Gomez, are the remaining two players from the 2015 state championship team.
"We weren't dialed in," he said. "The second half, we knew what we needed to do."
Ironically, Webster Groves rebounded with two penalty kick goals in the second half: the first one from Andrews with 36 minutes, 53 seconds left in regulation and the other one from junior midfielder Mason Schultz with 3:22 remaining in the second half. The game had two lead changes and two ties.
"I think we raised our intensity level," Cashel said. "I feel awesome right now. What we saw from a bunch of young kids that got pushed around is that they pushed back. I think this is a great sign for who we are. We have a very young team. But we have good soccer players. Today, I think we saw the mental side of things and that's resilience. That's a great sign of who we are."
"Last year was not our year," Andrews said. "This year we have a lot of young guys who are great soccer players, great intelligent soccer players. I think the sky's the limit. I'm just waiting. I'm being patient. I feel we have gotten better day by day."
Webster Groves remained unbeaten at 1-0-1 entering the road contest against Mehlville at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24. The Statesmen opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Ladue on Aug. 19 at Selma Field.