HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Philispburg-Osceola boys soccer team has scored a lot of goals off long throw-ins this season so it's only fitting that one would put the Mounties in the District 6 Class AA finals.
Freshman midfielder Austin Krise scored on a header off a long throw in from senior defenseman Taylor Golemboski at 12:11 of overtime to give P-O a 2-1 victory over Tyrone in the district semifinals Thursday at Hollidaysburg's Tiger Stadium.
"Wow! What a game. I'm still shaking," P-O coach Shawn Inlow said. "I'm really happy for the kids. We haven't been in the finals since 1997 or 98. It's been roughly 15 years for us."
P-O plays Bellefonte in the district finals 5 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium. Bellefonte beat Bald Eagle Area, 1-0, in Thursday's other semifinal match.
Tyrone's season ends at 13-6-3, the best record since the program's inception eight years ago. The semifinal berth also represents the school's deepest run in the district playoffs.
As a whole, it was a banner year for the Mountain League, which laid claim to all four semifinal spots in the AA playoffs.
"We're all so evenly matched," Tyrone coach Nick Miller said. "On any given day, any one of the four could beat the other."
Tyrone outplayed P-O most of the contest, sharply moving the ball around the field and putting twice as many shots on goal.
"We did a really good job with the finesse game. It was a thing of beauty watching the kids pass it around the field they way the did," Miller said.
After a scoreless first half, Philipsburg managed to grab a 1-0 lead midway through the second half.
Senior forward Lucas Kristofits got free of the defender to the left of the Tyrone goal and shot back across his body for the goal.
"They were kicking our rear end in the first half," Inlow said. "We couldn't deal with their midfielders until we moved Taylor [Golemboski] back there."
With 12 shutouts on the season, Philipsburg-Osceola looked to have the game in hand before Tyrone scored the equalizer with 8:39 to play in regulation.
"That was just the second goal we've give up on the road this year. We had a 1-0 lead and couldn't choke it off," Inlow said.
Kyle Bartlett found the top right corner of the net from about 15 yards out to tie the game, 1-1.
"I made a cut, a header popped out to me and I got on a foot on it," Bartlett said.
Bartlett had a golden opportunity to give Tyrone the lead less than two minutes later on a penalty kick when Golemboski was called for a foul inside the goal box.
His kick sailed over the crossbar, however, keeping the scored knotted at 1-1 until Krise's game-winner in overtime.
"I was 4-of-4 on penalty kicks this season. I never miss," Bartlett said. "Soccer's a game of constant motion. Philipsburg has some extremely skilled players. There's no way to tell whether they come back and tie the game if I make that shot."
SCORE BY HALVES
Tyrone0 1 0 - 1
Philipsburg-Osceola 0 1 1 - 2
Second Half: PO-Kristofits (Krise), 19:44; T-K. Bartlett (unassisted), 8:39.
Overtime: PO-Krise (Golemboski), 12:11.
Records: Tyrone (11-6-3); Philipsburg-Osceola (13-4-4).