The Western New York Flash beat the Philadelphia Independence in a penalty shootout to win the WPS title in their first season on Saturday. Christine Sinclair gave the Flash a 1-0 lead that was nearly enough to win it in 90 minutes, but Amy Rodriguez equalized in the 87th minute to extra time and then penalties, which the Flash won 5-4.
All of that late excitement was preceded by a crazed, perhaps rabid squirrel, who invaded the pitch at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York during the first half. It claimed the area occupied by Philly goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart as its own. It then ran in circles until security staff eventually put a cardboard box over it and slid the box off the pitch.
Eight minutes of stoppage time were tacked onto the end of the first half because of the squirrel, but an announcement made over the PA system later in the match informed fans that it was OK. Well, as OK as anything tripping that hard can be.