With their season hanging by a thread, the Tacoma Stars were in desperate need of a miracle. The score was tied and there were only seconds remaining in their game against the San Diego Sockers. A win would put the Stars in prime position to make the playoffs. A loss would leave them in need of a lot of help.
That's when Mike Ramos turned into a hero.
Following a broken set piece that left the ball deep in their own end, Ramos started dribbling toward the back boards. Ramos faked a shot and was just about out of room -- and time -- when he ripped a shot from a seemingly impossible angle just as the clock ticked past 2 seconds.
Ramos' shot beat the Sockers goalkeeper and somehow found the side netting, setting one of the ShoWare Center's largest crowds of the season into delirium.
Ramos ran around the field, as the celebratory spotlight struggled to catch up nearly as much as the rest of the Stars players.
It was an amazing ending to a game that had already seen the Stars blow a three-goal lead, and left them controlling their own postseason destiny. The Stars will qualify for the playoffs if they either win their season finale against the Ontario Fury or if the Fury lose either of their final two games.