The number-three seeded Leland & Gray boys' soccer team recently fell one game shy of reaching the Division III state finals, after dropping a tough, penalty kick loss to Stowe.
Coming in as two-time defending state champs, Stowe had all they could handle as the Rebels took them to the brink of elimination before finally advancing to the title game on a fifth and deciding penalty kick from Raider senior Coleman Gay.
Gay was the stand out from the outset, getting the Raiders on the board first just 45 seconds into the first half on a beautiful header off a corner kick, which forced the Rebels to play from behind practically from the outset.
However, 10 minutes later Leland & Gray got the equalizer when a Noah Chapin direct kick bounced off the wall of Raider players and bounced just inside the right post to tie it up.
Both teams would get several opportunities to take the lead throughout the second half and overtime but to no avail, before the penalty kicks were needed to decide it.
After the Rebels got scores from Tyler Russell, Chapin and Sean Stine, while Nate Horton, Luke Grosvenor and Conner Hunt countered for the Raiders, the deciding plays came when the Rebels fourth kick slammed off the post, allowing Stowe's Charlie Bradford and the aforementioned Gay to successfully end the shoot-out.
The Rebels end their season with an impressive 12-4-0 record.