The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats lost in a penalty kick shootout during a regional tournament soccer match with Knoxville Catholic on Tuesday night.
The game was tied 1-1 after 80 minutes of regular time and 30 minutes of extra time at Oak Ridge High School. Knoxville Catholic beat Oak Ridge 4-2 in the best-of-five shootout that followed, coming up with two crucial saves.
Both teams had missed opportunities to score during the game, and Oak Ridge had several shots bounce off the crossbar and posts.
“You’ve got to finish those,” Lady Wildcats soccer coach Tom Gorman said. “Close doesn’t cut it.”
It was a disappointing finish to an exciting, hard-fought game for the Lady Wildcats.
Oak Ridge beat Hardin Valley in the district tournament game last week and finished the season 17-1-3, Gorman said.
Knoxville Catholic goes on to play Farragut on Thursday.