Ok, so for the first time ever I have a significant goal streak going in soccer. This easily beats out the one game I had two goals in the last minute remaining, simply because I’ve never had two games in a row with a goal… Let alone three. We’ll see if I extend this out to for on Wednesday.
In any case, I wanted to break down the three goals for you because they’re pretty cool. The yellow circle is the ball, yellow arrows the ball’s path. Red people are opponents, green people are teammates, blue is me and the purple person is the opponent keeper. Our paths all match our colors like the ball path does.
Game 1, Goal 1: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I’m not entirely sure how the ball got into that area of the field, but the opposing player had it and was trying to run across the goal to get the ball around me to clear it upfield. I knew he was trying to do that, so I let off just a little tiny bit to give him the idea that he might have an opening. He took the kick and I got my leg out to block it. Low and behold I did, and I got a fortuitous bounce. The ball kept rolling the direction I was running, across the goal, right with me. I took a couple steps to line myself up and shot across the goal low, voila! Goal!
This was mostly all a hustle goal for me. I kept with the guy even though he had the ball and managed to force a mistake close to their goal, giving me a close-range shot, and the keeper didn’t have a chance because it was across and low.
Game 2, Goal 2: Wednesday, February 3, 2010
This was just all great setup by a teammate. He had the ball near midfield and I snuck a bit behind the two opposing defenders, they didn’t know I was running on the other side of the field behind them while they paid attention to my teammate. He played a perfect pass between the two defenders to the point where, as you can see above, I met the ball. I didn’t even stop the ball for a shot, it was a one-timer where I hit the ball about mid-range vertically and to the right side of the goal. The keeper was on her back foot and had no chance. Great placement of the pass and shot. All my teammate’s doing.
Game 3, Goal 3: Thursday, February 4, 2010
One of my teammates kicked the ball along the right side of the field and it was a bit past me. I got hung up in the corner of the field, but there were no opponents near, the closest was probably at midfield on the left side of the field. This is very similar to what happened on my first goal. I brought the ball out from the corner, set it up a little and took a couple steps, then shot low and across the goal. It bounced off of the side post and in, the keeper had absolutely no shot.
This one was a little bit more special as it was (is likely) my last game with Brittany Gauldin. She’s been on my Thursday team for quite some time and this was her second-to-last game. She wanted to get a team picture and I was the holdout because I can’t make the Thursday games unless they’re 9pm or later. I managed to move some things around with my classes on this day so I could make the game, so it ended up pretty cool. I think I annihilated my accounting exam I took early, too.