There is probably nothing more exciting in sports than a championship game which goes into overtime. For Coach Paulo Neto’s 99 Boys Black, this is exactly what they experienced in the top bracket of the 2012 Red Diamond Vulcan Cup. Tied 1-1 with Tennessee rival HFC Hurricanes Black in the title game, the boys needed two rounds of overtime for a scintillating 2-1 win. The championship was a sweet one, as it looked like the team wouldn’t even get out of pool play after the first day.
The tournament opened rather inconspicuously. The dynamic FC Alliance team recorded a solid 2-0 win over Westside United of Indiana in a Saturday morning contest. It was the second game which appeared to be their doing in. Although the 99 Boys Black played well, they dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Mississippi Fire Premier. Although they routed Georgia’s Alpharetta Ambush Red 3-0 on Sunday morning, it looked as if the Fire were moving on. Not so fast. The powerful Mississippi team were upset by Westside United, and FC Alliance advanced to the finals on a points tiebreaker.
This sudden turn of events was a huge spark, as the team eventually went on to earn the gold trophies.