After leaving the game ten minutes earlier, Katz returned with a taped ankle to take a corner kick with nine minutes to play. Katz's corner kick bent over Zuber's head and hit the post. It settled along the goal line and players crash into each other trying to knock it in or out of the area.
“I saw about eight jerseys and 16 feet kicking at the ball in there,” Witges said. “I wasn't sure if it curved in off the corner or if someone got a head on it. (My players) still don't know.”
Olney's defense cleared it after wrestling near the goal line, but that wasn't the end of the sequence as the game referee stopped play to discuss the situation with the side judge – after Effingham players protested a possible goal.
“My guys said they were all standing there on the line keeping it from going in,” Burckhartt said.
The referee ruled the ball passed the goal line at some point during the sequence and awarded a goal to Effingham, after a conference with the side judge on that end of the field.
In his finalized game stats, Witges didn't credit anyone with the goal, although he said it might have been from Katz's corner kick or junior Michael Carie.
“That was our best chance and we were able to make something happen,” Witges said. “You don't always get the opportunities you want.”
Burckhartt said he has to go along with whatever the referee rules; however, he said his players voiced their concerns about whether or not it was actually a goal, even after the ruling.
St. Pierre made the game-tying goal irrelevant about seven minutes later when he tapped in the ball at his feet after Madden made a play to get it to him.