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Category: Soccer

  • Video: Double bicycle kick goal
    See James Island High pull off one of the coolest goals of the season


    Bicycle kick goals are rare in high school soccer.

    Bicycle kick goals set up by bicycle kick assists? Unheard of.

    But it happened in South Carolina this week, where James Island (Charleston, S.C.) accomplished the amazing feat.

    Yasir Al-kameshi set up teammate William Le for a goal that James Island coach Todd Robinson believes is one of a kind.

    "I couldn't find anything quite like it," Robinson told the Post-Courier of his Internet search to find video of a similar goal. "It was unique and something we'll never see again."
  • Not even the rain could stop East Limestone (Athens, Ala.) soccer star Dilan Sayer from setting the Alabama state record for career goals.

    According to The News Courier out of Athens, Sayer reached No. 154 on Friday in a 7-0 playoff rout of Elkmont. His two-goal performance helped his team advance and also got his name etched in the Alabama High School Athletic Association record book.

    Photo courtesy of East Limestone High
    "I don't have to worry about it anymore," Sayer told the newspaper after reaching 46 goals this season. "I've just got to keep scoring now. I kind of wanted to break it (Thursday), but it's okay. I'm just focused on the playoffs now."

    The fifth-year varsity player has led his team to an 11-4-3 record while chasing his personal record, and from what coach Danny McConnell said, the record should have fallen a while back.

    "As we got closer to it, we worried about all the games that got canceled more than anything," McConnell was quoted as saying. "You would have thought this would have been done five or six games ago, but we've played about half our season. Finishing it in a playoff game was pretty neat."

    The record-setting performance relegated Ryan Kirschbaum of Priceville (2002-06) to second place in the AHSAA record book. The national record, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book, is 213 by Sean Shapert of Moon Area (Moon Township, Pa.).


  • Montverde Academy (Fla.) isn't just a basketball school.

    The Eagles boys soccer team demonstrated that Tuesday by scoring twice in a 90-minute scrimmage against Toronto FC of Major League Soccer (MLS).

    Toronto's lineup featured at least one established veteran in Robbie Findley, who opened the scoring in a 4-2 victory for the MLS side.

    As good as Montverde Academy's basketball program is (currently ranked No. 2 nationally), the soccer team is on another level of excellence.

    Under head coach Mike Potempa, the Eagles are riding a 117-match unbeaten streak and wrapped up a 23-0-0 season in January.

    Toronto FC finished seventh in the Eastern Conference in 2014. Expectations are high for the club in 2015 with the addition of Jozy Altidore to go along with Michael Bradley.
  • There's no oops in this soccer song. He did it again.

    Michael Lewis, a junior soccer player for Boyd (McKinney, Texas), sent viral video seekers scurrying for the second time in a week with a second somersaulting throw-in goal. It came during a 4-1 win over Allen on Friday.

    Screenshot from YouTube

    Michael Lewis, Boyd

    Lewis made his first goal last week during a 1-1 tie with Frisco Wakeland. That goal was captured on Vine then went viral.

    "My intention was to hit a teammate and not for me to score," he said.

    But it went into the goal. It didn't seem like a big deal, he said.

    "I thought it was just a normal goal, but it started to go crazy," he said.

    Lewis started playing soccer at age 5, but quit at age 11. He then came back to the sport just before his freshman season. He plans to play the sport in college.

    Lewis said his dad David Lewis actually taught him how to do the flip throw.

    "I started doing it just for fun, but then I got better and better at it," he said. "It sort of became my specialty."

    So special he scored again on Friday.



  • Tim Howard endeared himself to millions of Americans with his tireless, gutsy effort in the U.S. soccer team's 2-1 loss to Belgium in a World Cup elimination match on Tuesday.

    If not for Howard's 16 saves — the most in a World Cup match in nearly 50 years — the outcome likely would have looked much more one-sided.

    It turns out that Howard, a graduate of North Brunswick (N.J.), had a high school yearbook quote that showed an odd amount of foresight.

    "It will take a nation of millions to hold me back," is Howard's quote, likely a reference to the Public Enemy album of a similar name.

    When users on Reddit discovered the quote, it went viral because of how perfectly it fit with Howard's seemingly one man-versus-all performance against Belgium.

    Oddly enough, Howard's best sport in high school may not have been soccer, but basketball.

    h/t Reddit


  • The World Cup is coming up this summer, so soccer fever is already starting to hit America.

    Here's a little more fuel for the fire.

    Paideia (Atlanta) freshman Lagos Kunga chose the perfect time to deliver a perfect volley in the GHSA Class A soccer championship against Atlanta International on Saturday.

    According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after falling behind 2-0 early, Kunga's goal was the first of two in a four-minute span for the Pythons (Kunga assisted on the second goal).

    "It was one of the most beautiful goals I’ve ever seen," teammate Phillip Galonsky said of Kunga's strike. "Just how pretty it was, I think that got everybody hyped."

    The Pythons rallied to win 4-2 and take the state title. With a young core led by Kunga, the Pythons should be in good shape for years to come.

    Thanks to NFHS Network for the video.


  • Oklahoma High School Sports Express captured one of the most incredible soccer shots of the year.

    Mauro Cichero of Norman North (Okla.) elevated for a picturesque bicycle kick in the second overtime of a game against Edmond Memorial. A defender tried to clear the ball with a header, but ended up serving it on a platter for Cichero to blast home.

    We'll wait and see if the upcoming World Cup in Brazil will produce a prettier goal.


  • For shock value, let's call this the fastest hat trick in the history of high school soccer.

    We definitely don't know if anybody has accomplished scoring three goals in less than 91 seconds in a high school soccer match. So for now we're going to give the award to Wichita Falls (Texas) senior Daniel Tays for fastest hat trick.

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    Daniel Tays, Wichita Falls

    The spectacular feat occurred in a Jan. 25 game at the Wichita Falls Winter Cup Tournament, according to coach Patrick McCauley, who tipped MaxPreps off. It was 1-0 Wichita Falls against Frenship (Wolfforth, Texas) in the final two minutes when Tays took over and knocked in his three goals, the final one coming around the final second.

    He also scored a hat trick in the previous game against Monterey (Lubbock, Texas) the previous day.

    "We pressed them and created chances the whole game, but the last couple of minutes I found myself in good scoring positions and made sure I finished my chances on goal. Adrian Alvarez assisted me on all three goals, so I feel like he deserves some credit as well," Tays told MaxPreps.

    "I've never seen anything like it before, and probably won't ever again," McCauley said. "Back-to-back hat tricks are rare, but the fact that one of those hat tricks took only 91 seconds is just insane. This is one of those moments in sports that you're fortunate you were there to witness, and it's definitely something I'll never forget."
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    The buzzer-beater isn't just for basketball, and the Hail Mary isn't just for football.

    Need proof? Check out the amazing goal scored Wednesday by Trever Wendel in a district semifinal game for Aurora (Ohio). It was the final seconds of overtime, and he let loose with a prayer. And it was answered.

    According to the Hudson Hub Times, the officials conferred after the goal to see if the ball crossed the goal line before time expired - and they agreed it did.

    Aurora faces Solon tonight in a the district final.

  • West Coast FC of California South won two divisions on Sunday during the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan.

    The Under-18 boys nipped Raiders FC Premier of Illinois 2-1 in overtime on penalty kicks.

    West Coast coach Rick Brown, who guided his team to a national title four years earlier, told U.S. Youth Soccer, "It doesn't matter how many times we are here; it matters that when we are here we finish what we started. You have to take advantage of these moments and we were lucky enough to experience it at age 14 in 2009 and we are lucky to have the same moment here in 2013 at Under-18. To have these guys go to college with this championship, it really comes full circle."

    The West Coast Under-17 boys won their title with a 1-0 overtime victory against CUP Gold of Ohio on a goal by Dylan Struthers.

    In the girls division, the Under-18 title went to Team Chicago Academy Botafogo with a 2-1 victory in overtime against VSA Heat Blue of Virginia. Zoe Swift scored both goals for the winners.

    The Under-17 girls crown went to Cleveland United White with a 2-1 overtime victory against Match Fit Beat of New Jersey. Kelly Novac scored the decisive goal on a pass from Sydney Elinsky.