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Dec. 13, 2019 — Games of the Year, 2019

Assembling this list of prominent and/or exciting matchups has taken a bit longer every year, especially since the offensive intensity inherent in The Score-O Decade means that occasionally you have the buildup to a “big game” leading to a multi-goal win.

We hope that this group reflects close competition, but you’ll notice there are some offensive outbursts that are of note.

10. Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 3, Virginia Beach First Colonial (Va.) 0
Nov. 5, 2019
VHSL Class 5 Region A semifinal
These two rival schools, located about a mile from each other, were moved from 6A last year to 5A this year, and the inevitable happened. This matchup was in the regional semifinal “tipping point” round, which meant that the winner would earn two more games, while the loser would have 10 months to think about everything that went wrong. Cox, for its part, parlayed the win into a second straight state title

9. West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) 1, Point Pleasant (N.J.) Boro 0
Oct. 17, 2019
Shore Conference Tournament semifinal
This semifinal was a matchup of great scorers. Point Pleasant Boro’s Jordan Carr (56 goals on the season) might have been the best player to come out of the program since Christie Rampone, who would win two World Cups and three Olympic gold medals playing soccer. But Lily Santi (67 goals) and Shore would come out ahead in this encounter

8. Dexter (Mich.) 1, Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) 0
Sept. 22, 2019
National High School Invitational
Dexter had come into its slate of matches in Conshohocken a little flat, losing 8-1 to Greenwich Sacred Heart (Conn.), but came back splendidly against Lakeland, a team which had won nine New York state titles in the last 10 years. Both teams would win their respective state championships in 2019

7. Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.) 1, Louisville Sacred Heart (Ky.) 0
Aug. 26, 2019
Apple Tournament final
Both Manual and Sacred Heart have won Kentucky state titles the last decade, but the Apple Tournament was pretty much the exclusive domain of the private-school teams in the Louisville area. That is, until Manual, a public magnet school, came along. Manual’s 1-0 win in the season-opening tournament was the first for a non-private school in some three decades

6. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 5, Hershey (Pa.) 3
Sept. 21, 2019
National High School Invitational
In the closest thing you’re ever going to get to a Champion’s League final, last year’s NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winner beat the PIAA Class AAA winner in a game that had a wild last 15 minutes at The Proving Grounds

5. San Jose Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 1, Los Gatos (Calif.) 0
Nov. 16, 2019
CIF Central Coast Sectional final
The game itself wasn’t as memorable as to what Archbishop Mitty did: it ended Los Gatos’ skein of sectional titles, and also ended the Cats’ unbeaten streak at 128 games

4. Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) 3, Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.) 2, (OT)
Sept. 21, 2019
National High School Invitational
New Trier did not have a positive opening to its Saturday slate of games at the National High School Invitational, having lost 7-0 to Voorhees Eastern (N.J.). But the Trevians were able to score in extra time in a thrilling match that signaled that the program has truly arrived as a national powerhouse

3. Johnstown (N.Y.) 3, Carle Place (N.Y.) 2 (2 OT)
Nov. 16, 2019
NYSPHSAA Class B semifinal
The undefeated Johnstown Lady Bills took a 2-0 lead at the interval, only to see Carle Place get an Emiline Biggin brace to level the match by full time. The teams battled through 7-v-7 overtime, and it was Johnstown sophomore Kalena Eaton that won the game in the final three seconds of overtime

2. Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 4, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 1
Nov. 15, 2019
NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final
In the latest installation of The Garden State Firm, both teams had been mindful of a a previous meeting in the regular season, won by Oak Knoll 4-1. To their overwhelming credit, the Royals repeated the feat, scoring magnificent goals against an Eastern team which had beaten everyone else on its schedule, including a number of state champions. But Oak Knoll proved to be that much better this year

1. West Lawn Wilson (Pa.) 1, Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) 1, Wilson wins 3-2 in penalty shootout
Nov. 16, 2019
PIAA Class AAA final
The drama that occurred in the PIAA Class AAA final didn’t only come from the fact that Lower Dauphin was looking to bounce back from an overtime loss to Hershey (Pa.) a year ago, but it was a final a few years ago that ended in a co-championship that led Pennsylvania, the most powerful and influential state in the Union when it comes to field hockey, to break a tie at the end of extra time. It was a thrill-a-minute penalty shootout that saw Emily Horace connect in the fifth and final round for the game-winner