GOT IT — Littlestown’s Lynsey Brinkley makes a save during penalty kicks in Tuesday’s District 3 Class 2A playoff game against Tulpehocken. The host Thunderbolts won in penalty kicks, 4-2, for their first-ever District 3 playoff victory.

After 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Littlestown Thunderbolts faced a rare penalty kick situation in the first round of the District 3 Class 2A girls’ soccer playoffs on Tuesday evening. A superb effort by senior keeper Lynsey Brinkley and four straight goals by the Bolts’ big shot-makers gave Littlestown a 4-2 advantage over Tulpehocken, enabling them to win a district tournament game for the first time in program history.

After a rainy day, a beautiful rainbow arced across the new playing field at Littlestown as the game got under way, and it might have been an omen for the eventual outcome. Littlestown (14-5), which had qualified for districts last year for the first time, got its first district win as a result of a determined defense and superb goal-keeping by Brinkley. The historic win was most definitely a team effort.

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