Adam Borsheim thought he broke his ankle Tuesday.
Then the Coeur d’Alene junior forward was on crutches the following three days.
His father, Dr. Mark Borsheim, taped it Saturday and the Vikings’ standout knocked in the winning goal as Coeur d’Alene held off Lake City 2-1 in double overtime to capture a fourth straight 5A Region I boys soccer championship.
Both teams head to state, which begins Thursday at Idaho Falls. CdA (12-3-2) meets District III third seed Centennial (11-3-3) at 10 a.m. and LC (9-4-3) faces District III runner-up Timberline (10-4-3) at 1 p.m.
Borsheim had several opportunities before getting the winner. With 2 minutes to go in the first overtime, he had a header that hit the crossbar.
“I was missing shots like crazy,” he said. “You have those days when you hit the post a million times and nothing goes in.”
It was no minor miracle that Borsheim even played.
“I said I had to be here for my team,” Borsheim said. “Coach (Jeff Lake) wasn’t going to let me play. I just put on my cleats and played.”
When Borsheim arrived at the field, Lake told him he would have to prove he could go during warmups.
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” said Lake, in his first year as head coach. “I thought he’d be out until the state tournament. When he came today, I said I want to see you warm up. It was like nothing was wrong. I’m still shocked by it.”
The teams played to a scoreless tie through the first 40 minutes. Like most of the match, CdA had the run of play and was controlling most loose balls.
Then in a flurry off a corner kick in the 62nd minute, LC’s Chris Wheelock took a header from Luke Barrett and put his team ahead 1-0.
The Vikings were momentarily stunned. And it took an own goal for LC in the 74th minute to send the game to overtime.
“We got lucky,” Borsheim said. “Own goals are never anything to cheer about. But we put a lot of pressure on them. We deserved that own goal. We were the better team. We deserved that win.”
Borsheim praised the Vikings’ defenders – Grant Stimmel, Byron Fabiano and Justin Doering.
“Justin Doering played lights out,” Borsheim said. “It’s probably the best he’s played all season. Our defenders are studs. They deserve some glory today.”
LC coach Chad Beadell acknowledged his team struggled much of the day.
“They took it to us pretty good,” Beadell said. “We lost possession too much. I thought we should have won a ball in the air there that set up their goal. We had guys kind of watch there. Give them credit. They put their chance away.”
• 3A: St. Maries lost a state play-in game to Weiser 6-0.
• Lake City 2, Lewiston 1 (SO): The Timberwolves captured the 5A Region I championship at Lewiston, outscoring the Bengals 5-4 in the shootout.
Both teams advance to state, which begins Thursday at Idaho Falls. LC (8-5-3) meets District III third seed Mountain View (12-3-2) at 10 a.m. while Lewiston (8-2-6), making its first trip to state since the program was founded in 1995, faces District III runner-up Boise (14-3-0) at 1 p.m.
• 3A: Kellogg lost a state play-in game to Payette in Lewiston. The score was not available.
• Inland Empire League: Demi Johnson had 15 digs and four aces, while Maddie Sieman had 12 kills and five blocks as Coeur d’Alene cruised to a 25-18, 27-25, 25-22 sweep of Lakeland in Rathdrum.
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