Tajee Harley's goal was the back-breaker, but the ones Ben Kinney prevented were just as huge.
Harley put York's 2-0 upset of Jamestown in the Bay Rivers District semifinals away with a breakaway goal with 17:42 left in the second half, and Falcons goalkeeper Kinney had 12 saves as the Eagles outshot York but couldn't score.
"It's amazing," Harley said of York's junior keeper's performance. "I would pick him over any goalkeeper in the Bay Rivers District. He had some big-time saves in the box, right in front of goal. Outstanding."
York (12-5), the fourth seed out of the Bay Rivers, had to win Tuesday to keep its season alive, and will have to win Thursday's district championship against the Tabb, which edged Lafayette 1-0, to advance to the Region I tournament.
Jamestown (13-1-1) already was assured a region spot by virtue of its regular-season district championship. Tabb and Lafayette tied for second in the district, and would have gotten the other two regional spots if York lost. If York wins Thursday's championship, Lafayette is eliminated from regional contention.
Josh Calderon put York on the board with a shot that dribbled into the left corner of the corner with 34:25 left in the first half after a brief shower just before the game began.
"The rain came down, and I told the guys before the game, take a shot on the ground," York coach Ryan Hagerty said. "You never know what's going to happen. That's what we did, and it squeaked in there."
Hagerty also proved prophetic at halftime, when he told his players to expect a barrage of shot attempts from Bobby O'Brien's Jamestown players, which include district player of the year Patrick Kelly.
"I knew in the second half, Bobby was going to get those guys going full-speed," Hagerty said. "They came out in the first 10 or 15 minutes and really put it to us. I told them, 'You're going to have to withstand a storm,' and they bunkered down."
Junior midfielder Kevin Kefalas had two of the Eagles' best scoring chances in the second half. His shot off Dan Geyer's cross was saved by Kinney with 26:10 remaining, and his close-in rebound off a free kick with 23:30 left met the same fate.
"A couple of (shots) were hit right at him," Hagerty said. "He made some great saves. To beat a good team like that, sometimes you need a goalkeeper to step up, and he definitely stepped up."
YORK 2, JAMESTOWN 0
Halftime: York 1, Jamestown 0. Goals: York, Calderon, Harley. Assists: York, Cragg. Saves: York, Kinney 12; Jamestown, Slade 5. Records: York 12-5; Jamestown 13-1-1.
TABB 1, LAFAYETTE 0
Adam Parker's header with 5:57 to play broke a scoreless tie in the second Bay Rivers District tournament semifinal.
The goal came off Dillon Jansen's well-angled cross from a free kick 30 yards out, sent the Tigers into Thursday's district championship game against York and guaranteed them a spot in the region tournament.
"Lafayette's defense played real well," Tabb coach Scott Kuhnle said. "We had to hope for an opportunity on a set piece to score a goal and just try to get some combination going with our midfield and forwards."
Each team squandered earlier chances. With 20 minutes left in the second half, Parker took a free kick from 40 yards out, and his on-target shot bounced just in front of the goal. Six minutes later, Tabb goalkeeper Tyler Evans made a sliding stop on Calvin Mitchell's breakaway chance.
Lafayette sophomore Julius Grandjean injured his ankle with 26 minutes to play in the second half and was carried off the field on a stretcher.
TABB 1, LAFAYETTE 0
Halftime 0-0. Goals: Tabb, Parker. Assists: Tabb, Jansen. Saves: Tabb, Evans 12; Lafayette, Emerson 4. Records: Tabb 12-3-2; Lafayette 12-2-2.Copyright © 2015, CT Now