The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my father, Kevin Hutt, about this during halftime of the Eagles vs. Bears game.  During this time period Kevin had the same exact face that he has now, except he had the stature of a thin college student.  This is a very important moment in my dad's life because it is one thing that he wishes he could go back and get a chance at taking that shot.  This game is also very special to him because of the fact that no Temple team after that one was able to make it to the tournament again.

Coach John Boles had selected his top three shooters, but then he started selecting more shooters if the game required them.  After selecting the fourth shooter he said to Kevin, “Hutt, be ready, if this goes into the fifth round of shooters, you’re up.”  Excited, but nervous Kevin knew that if his shot came up it would likely be a game deciding shot, and he would need to make his move carefully.

When Kevin and his teammates came into Happy Valley they knew they would need to play hard in order to win, but they didn’t know that they were going to blow a 5-2 lead to take the game into overtime and then eventually penalty kicks.  

As each of the top three shooters on each side went Kevin watched anxiously waiting to see if he would need to shoot.  They matched each other 2-2.  This meant penalty kicks, like the game, was going into overtime. If the fourth Penn State shooter, who was shooting first, scored he would need to be matched by the Temple shooter in order for Kevin to be up.  

First the Penn State shooter stepped up.  As everyone anticipated his shot the crowd went silent, but as the whistle blew and the Penn State player shot everyone was locked in.  After he perfectly struck the ball and beat the Temple keeper the Penn State supporters erupted knowing this could be just what it would take to cap their miraculous comeback.  This meant the Temple shooter would need to score in order to keep the contest going.  

As he stepped up to shoot the crowd was no longer silent, they were all heckling the Temple shooter who was stepping up to try to take the match into another round.  Unable to handle the pressure the Temple shooter missed, ending the game and Temple’s season.

As Penn State celebrated their victory with one another, Temple players all showed their signs of defeat in different fashions.  Devastated, Kevin was disappointed he was never able to give his team a chance at victory.  This meant that the Owls would need to go back to Philadelphia and work hard to try and replicate their fortunate season.  Since this 1985 team Temple has not been back to the NCAA tournament.

Temple vs. Penn State Men’s Soccer

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Fall of 1985
University Park, PA

I interviewed my father, Kevin Hutt, about this during halftime of the Eagles vs. Bears game. During this time period Kevin had the same exact face that he has now, except he had the stature of a thin college student. This is a very important moment in my dad's life because it is one thing that he wishes he could go back and get a chance at taking that shot. This game is also very special to him because of the fact that no Temple team after that one was able to make it to the tournament again.

Decade: 1980s
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Recorded by Andrew Hutt on December 11, 2017
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