The state’s high school sports governing agency explained the ruling is due to the fact that when the match went into overtime on Sept. 10, the two teams played according to postseason rules, instead of the rules that are in the district bylaws.
“As a district we were trying to be progressive and adjust the overtimes as we felt they should have been,” Cleveland head coach Andy Byrd said. “We were all operating under the wrong premise. They were changed verbally but never written down, and would have been adjusted at our district/region meeting.”
According to the current rules, regular season overtime consists of two 10-minute periods with so-called “golden” goals.
Because McMinn’s Shelby Wilson scored in the first 10 minutes of overtime, the match was considered over according to district bylaws.
In the September match, Lady Raider McKenzie Harris had scored a tying goal in the second overtime period, which led to Cleveland winning 4-3 on penalty kicks.
“It’s official, so there is nothing that we can do. Everything happens for a reason and this is miniscule considering our overall team goals,” Byrd stated. “We want to be who we’ve set out to be and that takes one game at a time, starting with today against Ooltewah.”
This change makes the Lady Raiders 2-2 in the district and gives the Lady Cherokees a perfect 4-0 record.