Fran McCallister, fired up, walked to the sideline. The senior on the William Tennent soccer team looked at his teammates who had drifted to the sideline to grab some water during an injury timeout and realized he had something to say.
Nine minutes or the end of the season, he yelled. Nine minutes, he repeated enthusiastically.
For the first time in McCallister's four seasons with the team, the Panthers qualified for the District 1 Class AAA tournament, as the 22d seed, and they won their first-round contest by upsetting 11th-seeded Upper Dublin, 3-1, Tuesday.
"It's the best feeling in the world," Tennent's Johnny Ciarlante said. "It's my first playoff game - I wanted to win the first one. That's what we did, and now we can focus on the next game."