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Red-hot Timberland tested, proven quite successful in tight games Print Email « Buy Now » 2013-11-20T17:00:00Z 2013-11-21T17:35:57Z Red-hot Timberland tested, proven quite successful in tight games By David Kvidahl | STLhighschoolsports.com stltoday.com November 20, 2013 5:00 pm  •  By David Kvidahl | STLhighschoolsports.com Loading… State tournament schedule

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cheap timberland boots Kyle Austin was standing on the sideline, but his heart was beating a mile a minute.

timberland discount shoes The Timberland boys soccer coach has had to watch his team not once, but twice, rally from a deficit in penalty kicks to advance in the postseason. With their season on the line, the Wolves came through against Seckman in the sectional and then Francis Howell Central in the quarterfinal. And this was after surviving a 1-0 thrill ride with Troy for the district championship.

timberland outlet “I told someone on the sideline, ‘You’re going to start having to give me an IV on the sidelines if we go into another (overtime game) on Friday night,'” Austin said. “'I don’t know what I’m going to do.'”

timberland shoes By finding a way to win, even by the skin of its teeth, Timberland (25-2-2) earned its first trip to the Class 3 state semifinals. It will take on St. Louis U. High (20-9-1) at 4 p.m. Friday at Blue Springs South High School.

timberland boots The fact Timberland is still standing is remarkable. But it’s not completely out of character. The Wolves won 15 matches this season by a single goal or in penalty kicks. This is a group that routinely walks on the edge and lives to tell about it.

“That’s kind of the identity of our team this year: that we’ve found a way to claw and scratch enough to get a result,” Austin said. “I think it gave the team a ton of confidence that there’s not a game we can’t pull it out. If you look at our game against Seckman, we were down to the final PK and they had to miss. We got to sudden death and our keeper came up with a huge save. I think it’s instilled in them and reinforced the faith they have in each other. There’s not a game we’re out of.”

Tight games have been the norm, and with SLUH on the docket, another nailbiter is in the cards. The Junior Billikens have many talents, but consistently finishing hasn’t been one of them this season. SLUH plays lockdown defense and managed to get past Chaminade (1-0) and CBC (3-2 in overtime) and then survive a penalty kick shootout with Eureka with the bare-minimum offense it could muster.

That being said, Timberland has a healthy respect for the path SLUH has taken and the schedule it used to prepare itself for a postseason run.

“I think they will be the best team we’ve seen. I think they’ll be able to do some things other teams haven’t,” Austin said. “They’re going to come in ready to go. It’s going to be up to our kids to be ready to go.”

Among those who have played major roles to this point are striker Kaleb Patania (18 goals, 8 assists), Jacob Bowman (10 G, 17 A) and Marc Roelling (2 G, 17 A). Goalkeeper Kyle Adams has made one play after another to keep the Wolves alive, particularly in the winner-take-all penalty kicks.

Timberland has cleared every hurdle in its path — something that it was not able to say last season.

“I attribute it a lot to senior leadership. We talked before about forming a team identity and having to deal with adversity. As a team, I don’t think we dealt with adversity very well last year,” Austin said. “Those early-season games where we had to claw and fight, we’ve been there before. We’ve had that mentality. We kind of revel in that. It doesn’t bog us down. It kind of motivates us.”

​You can email David Kvidahl at dkvidahl@stltoday.com and follow him on Twitter @DavidSTLhss. 

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