The Parsippany Cheetahs U14G defeated South Central Premiere of Connecticut in the final, on sudden death penalty kicks, to capture the 2012 Silver Flight Championship. In group play the Cheetahs defeated Southeast SC of Connecticut 2-1 and NJ Crush Strikers 3-1 on Saturday. In Sunday’s final group action against South Jersey Elite Barons they lost 2-1, however, by scoring a goal with less then 5 minutes left they qualified for the final.
In the final the Cheetahs came out fast and scored in the second minute. The joy of getting an early lead dissipated quickly when South Central roared back and scored the equalizer less then 3 minutes later. Both teams put in a strong defensive effort against the pressurizing offenses and also got some help from the goal posts as each team nearly scored again in the first half, but was denied by the posts. The second half started like the first with the Cheetahs applying a lot of pressure early. The pressure resulted in a penalty kick being awarded. Although the PK just missed its target, the Cheetahs confidence and fitness took control of the game, however, the South Central defense and goalkeeper would not break. The game ended 1-1 after regulation and went straight to kicks from the mark. Each team went 5 for 5 and so it went to sudden death. The sixth shooters from both teams added a lot of excitement as Parsippany’s shooter hit both posts before finding the back of the net and South Central’s shooter skimmed it under the cross bar. The 7th shooter for Parsippany stepped up and placed a perfect shot into the back of the net. When South Central’s Keeper took their 7th shot and was stopped; the celebration was on.
"The girls played very well overall throughout the weekend, which included a NJ Cup match on Friday night. On Saturday our two games were pretty similar as we had some extremely good parts of the match and some not so well. We did not come ready to play Sunday morning, but we were ready for the finals. The team showed great heart, energy and effort in the final. They deserved to be in it and to win it. Although as coaches we would have preferred to win in regulation, to go 7 for 7 in PKs for the win was just tremendous and the excitement could not be any better." said Coach Chris Brauchle