You gotta feel for the kid.

Irmo High School was playing Lexington in South Carolina's 4A high school state championship, and after two overtime periods, the game went to penalties. In the last round of penalty kicks, the score was 3-3. Irmo's Mattison Gossett lined up to take the final penalty kick. If he scored, Irmo would win. If he missed, penalty kicks would go to sudden death.

Gossett struck a hard shot to the left, but Lexington keeper Jacob Parton guessed correctly, got down, and parried the ball. Parton looked to get both gloves on the ball, and he jumped in the air immediately to celebrate the clutch stop.

Meanwhile, the ball landed on the ground, bounced, and spun into the goal for the game-winning penalty. Irmo won the state championship in penalties, 4-3, and Lexington went home with nothing.


Parton will probably have nightmares about this for the rest of his life. We feel for you, kid. ...Sucks.

h/t Tim