Matt Smith played the second half five minutes at a time.
The senior right back for West Chester Rustin knew he couldn't think too far ahead with his team's opponent in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA state boys' soccer tournament, Father Judge, The Inquirer's top-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania. So as the clock went from 40 minutes to 35 to 30, he breathed a little sigh of relief. Not too heavy a sigh, though - he had too much work to do.
Five minutes closer to a win, he thought to himself. Five minutes closer.
Eventually, time elapsed and Smith no longer had to count down, as the Golden Knights won the program's first state game, defeating the heavily favored Crusaders, 1-0, Tuesday night at Northeast.