KINGSFORD - The refs got it right in last week's finish to the Iron Mountain-Kingsford high school boys soccer match.
In a penalty kick shootout to determine the winner, Kingsford's Tyler Metras wound up with two chances.
Metras, upon approaching his first penalty kick, made a stutter-step move before putting foot to ball. After the miss, officials determined that the instant the stutter-step occurred, the play was considered dead and, by rule, a re-try was to ensue.
Metras connected on his second chance. The Flivvers eventually won the match.
Some questioned whether Metras should have been granted a second chance.
However, both Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) soccer officials backed up the ruling.
"The officials did handle this odd situation properly," said Andy Frushour, MHSAA soccer administrator. "If the kicker 'interrupts his movement' during his approach, the kick must be retaken regardless of the outcome of the kick."
WIAA's Deb Hauser said the National Federation of State High School Associations soccer rules book "is quite clear" on the matter.
"Once the kicker starts his or her approach toward the ball, he or she may not interrupt his or her movement," Hauser noted. "Failure to kick the ball as specified shall result in a rekick."