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sudden death

In sports, a period of play triggered by a tie at the end of a a game or match in which the first team to score wins. Sometimes hyphenated if used as a modifier. I really hope they can win in regulation so the game doesn't go into sudden death. In the event of a tie, the game will be determined by sudden-death overtime.
See also: death, sudden

ˌsudden ˈdeath

a way of deciding the winner of a game when scores are equal at the end. The players or teams continue playing and the game ends as soon as one of them gains the lead: If no one scores in the next five minutes the game will go to sudden death.They won the match after an exciting sudden-death play-off.
See also: death, sudden

sudden death

mod. having to do with something short, quick, and decisive. The game ended in a sudden death playoff.
See also: death, sudden
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Jazmine Ortiz recorded 13 saves for Birmingham, coming up with clutch stops on Yesenia Solano and Mai Ly in the first sudden-death overtime and another on Sarah Ho in the third golden-goal period.
Ashley Grossman, who led the Wolverines (17-1) with four goals, was called for her second ejection in the fourth sudden-death period, which gave Murrieta Valley (22-4) the player advantage that led to Guerts firing a shot inside the left post on the Nighthawks' ninth attempt in overtime competition.
American Pelle had home fans chanting "USA, USA" as he completed his hat-trick in the first 60 minutes and then netted a magnificent winning goal in sudden-death overtime.
However Weale, the 2000 world singles champion, clawed his way back, but Wilkie hung on to capture the set 6-5, taking the match into a sudden-death showdown.
However, Mark Webster and Barrie Bates took a 6-5 win in their Doubles contest, earning two points to level the tie and force a sudden-death leg.
Thomas Hale's sudden-death goal Saturday lifted top-ranked USC to an 8-7 men's water polo triumph over No.
In a sudden-death play-off against Ireland's John Dwyer, one of Barnett's putts hovered on the lip of the hole - but stayed above ground.
The game then moved into a sudden-death overtime, setting up de Nigris' heroics.
II championship game, finding Clark Sanchez-Figueras on a cross to beat Chaparral of Temecula in sudden-death overtime.
After ending regulation play tied 2-2, COC showed its resiliency and defensive prowess in the five-minute, sudden-death overtime, forcing a five-man shootout to decide the outcome of the Division III game.
Conway scored the game-winning goal two minutes into sudden-death overtime Tuesday as St.
The co-coaches are blessed with plenty of returning talent from a Foothill League-championship team that lost in sudden-death overtime to Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta in the Division II semifinals.
Ruiz promises his spectacular endings aren't scripted, but Major League Soccer's MVP delivered the final act Sunday with Hollywood flair once again, scoring in the 113th minute to give the Galaxy a 1-0 sudden-death overtime victory against the New England Revolution for the MLS Cup title in front of a record crowd of 61,316 mostly Revolution fans at Gillette Stadium.
PASADENA - Needing to finish on a positive note before a five-game road trip, the Galaxy did little again to complement newcomer Carlos Ruiz, who has scored all six of the Galaxy's goals this season, two of which have been sudden-death game winners at the Rose Bowl.