Well, officials are not immune in collegiate play.
In a soccer where Sam Houston State Bearkats faced Oral
Roberts Golden Eagles at Pritchett Field in Huntsville, Texas, there was a "questionable"
called that turned the tide of the game.
Houston was 4-3 in Southland Conference play coming into the match while
ORU was among the leaders in the conference with a 6-2 record
The Bearkats was leading 1-0 after a great goal by Shannon Shields in the 52nd minute.
Sam Houston had the Golden Eagles on their heels for most of the second half and seemed to be on their way to a huge win.
was when things started to get interesting when in the 75th minute, a
ORU player pulled a defender down in the penalty area while they were
trying to score.
The main official made a dubious call by awarding ORU a penalty shot instead of a goal kick.
The Golden Eagles capitalized and even the score at 1 apiece and sent it into overtime.
think the penalty kick was a poor decision based on the way the game
have been called," Bearkat coach Tom Brown said. "That's the way it
Despite that horrendous call, the Bearkats had three chances to put in the overtime winner, but couldn't get it done.
the other hand, Oral Roberts was able to take advantage of their
opportunity in the second overtime when Jordan Parsons headed it in past
goalie Kylie Hamberton for the game-winner.
In the end, officials can't always get it right.
At the same time, those dreadful decisions can cost a team an important victory.
course, most officials will not admit their mistake even after it was
proven that they were the ones that cost a team a victory.
While some officials will be man enough to say that I screwed up.
Joyce is in the select few of those who takes accountability for the
mistake and that is why he is the most respected in Major League