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A Goalie's Goal

This clip of the Louisiana State keeper scoring against BYU over the weekend is beginning to making its rounds online and, predictably, found its way onto "SportsCenter." A nice kick for distance, but the manner in which it went into the net was ridiculous.


By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2008; 9:48 AM ET
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They seem to be walking off the field as if the game were over...

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Walking off the field? Huh? Where do you see that?

As for the goal, that's awful. A goalie with a 2-inch vertical.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

No-one quoted Hope Solo yet, or made a Zack Wells joke? Y'all are slow this morning.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 27, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

At the end of the clip, after the goal...

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The biggest problem with the Women's game is the terrible goalkeeping

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Not to defend the indefensible, but in that lighting a ball up in the air is is a b*tch to judge. Goals like that are far too common in high school games with poor lighting.

Posted by: JkR | August 27, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Paul Robinson had a similar goal last season for Tottenham, except it may have even been a goal kick and there's a nice video on youtube of Beckham catching a goalie off his line and bending it in from just behind the half line.

Posted by: Darren | August 27, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

That GK jumps like Zach Thornton.

Posted by: George H | August 27, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't have had that, and then I would have complained about the coach.

Posted by: Hope Wells | August 27, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

JkR - that lighting did look pretty bad. Might have just been the quality of the video cam, though.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It looks like the field is turf, which would have accounted for the high bounce. That's pretty embarrassing though.

Posted by: TCompton | August 27, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Too busy shining my gold medal. Sorry.

Posted by: Hope Solo | August 27, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I could score that goal.

Posted by: hope solo | August 27, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Pretty strong tailwind as evidenceed by the fflags in the background. Ball might have been harder to judge than it looked.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

In all fairness to Zach Wells, I watched both NE and Chivas last night. He plays no different than Zach Thornton or Dougie. He needs to be trained to be more assertive.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 27, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

In all fairness to Zach Wells, I watched both NE and Chivas last night. He plays no different than Zach Thornton or Dougie. He needs to be trained to be more assertive.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 27, 2008 10:58 AM

Talk about damning with faint praise! Neither of those guys should be starting in MLS either, not by a long shot.

Posted by: Rich C | August 27, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Umm. Since there are so many excuses, let me add this: This trajectory of the ball put in high into the atmosphere where, under lower pressure, the ball expanded. During the descent, the ball contracted again, leading the GK to misjudge its location. that, combined with the additional gravity at the stadium (12 m/s2) lead to a higher impact velocity and a greater than anticipated bounce.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 27, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

That goal doesn't happen on artificial turf. A lot of keepers (and field players) have trouble judging bounces on crap turf.

And besides, a (male) keeper for my club Leicester City a few years ago conceded a similar goal from the other keeper's punt in very much the same fashion.

Posted by: Brian | August 27, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Same exact thing happened to my U13 keeper a year and a half ago although the goalie took the kick from a few yards closer to midfield. Still tough to swallow, for sure.

Posted by: Ouch | August 27, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I270 Exit 1, I don't think anyone is offering excuses. Clearly it was a howler, but one with mitigating factors.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: My Girlfriend Loves McTavish | August 27, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, that was a Metrodome astroturf-like bounce.

The beautiful game played on crappy fake grass fields....

Posted by: Kim | August 27, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

embarassing, for sure, but an understandable gaffe, no one should have to play under those conditions.

Posted by: northzax | August 27, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

this one is better...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvm9JJxQ8js

Posted by: My Girlfriend Loves McTavish | August 27, 2008 11:17 AM
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the biggest problem with the Brazilian game is the terrible goalkeeping

Posted by: OWNTF | August 27, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

If I were sitting on Hope's shoulders, I would have made that save.

Posted by: Franco N | August 27, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Even better was the Roy Carroll/Man U disaster a couple of years ago, in which the obvious goal was not allowed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3pOHohCMHE&feature=related

I think even the refs were so shocked by the sheer stupidity of the play they didn't have time to react. If I remember correctly he made another bonehead play later that cost a goal too. And this was after he was picked to replace Tim Howard who supposedly had made too many mistakes.

Posted by: old goalie | August 27, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

More years ago than I care to say, I saw the same thing happen at a match up at Cornell (Bruce Arena had already graduated). The same thing happened. It's a problem on all synthetic turf fields where a ball can take a much higher bounce than the player is expecting. When the goalie makes an error it's huge; when a field player does, it's usually not a big thing.

All in all a good reason not to play on synthetic turf!

Posted by: Orange14 | August 27, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I270 Exit 1, I don't think anyone is offering excuses. Clearly it was a howler, but one with mitigating factors.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 11:17 AM
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I'll amend my previous post to say "mitigating factors" instead of excuses and thereby make my comment appear constructive and analytical, instead of sarcastic.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 27, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh wait. That was sarcastic too. Oh well, a leopard can't change his spots.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 27, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

A couple of years ago, my son was playing goalie in an indoor tournament (U9 or U10, I think). One of the other keepers scored on a punt, and the rest of the tournament looked like an artillery battle. All the goalies wanted to score and kept trying to do so at every opportunity. For the parent of a goalie, it was fun watching them get more offensive action. For a soccer fan, it was ridiculous to watch.

Posted by: LD | August 27, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

OK. Go back to class now, sonny boy.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

This one is djaid "good"!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrIsFnbyq80

Posted by: lprevolution | August 27, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Those ladies were all the soccer I got in my 5 years at LSU.

Posted by: Eric from Tucson | August 27, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Somebody forgot their holy underwear at home that day...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

from the chat:

"DC: Can we get Christian Gomez back?

Steven Goff: Why?

He is not even starting for the COLORADO RAPIDS."

Off-topic for this thread I know, but that has got to be the come-back of the year.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I SAW IT LIVE...check out Section 2 Tigers on Facebook. our Supporters Group.

Posted by: Chu | August 27, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I still wouldn't have made the save.

Yes, I'm that bad.

And too boot, I'm not even as handsome as Zack Morris.

Posted by: Zach Wells | August 27, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Someone help me out here, I could have sworn that one of the Dips goalies scored that way.

Posted by: e | August 27, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The only time I remember a Dips goalie scoring was on an own goal.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

This needs to go on failblog.com

Posted by: Oliver | August 27, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Someone help me out here, I could have sworn that one of the Dips goalies scored that way.

Posted by: e | August 27, 2008 2:31 PM
..........................................

Jim Brown, versus Atlanta in 1981:
http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1124387/2/index.htm

Posted by: The Jeff | August 27, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Don't mess with my sister Hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Han Solo | August 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Goff: In today's online chat, you raised the possibility that the price of parking at White Hart Lane might shoot up to 30 euros. Since the UK is not on the euro, would forcing people to pay in euros be yet another example of Snyder's high-handed tactics?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 27, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

A minnow sits atop the Bundesliga, at least for the nonce. What's more, one of its stars is a St. Louisan named Vedad Ibisevic. (In case you were wondering, he appears to be cap-tied to his native Bosnia.)

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SPORT/football/08/23/germany.hoffenheim/index.html

Posted by: The Jeff | August 27, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Will Snyder buy three puny radio stations to broadcast Tottenham's games, only to see them fail?

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Those ladies were all the soccer I got in my 5 years at LSU.

Posted by: Eric from Tucson | August 27, 2008 12:58 PM
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The usual period of study for a Master's degree at LSU.

(just some intra-SEC needling from a Gator)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 27, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

There are some CL games going on right now...

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Onyewu started for Liege. Very unlikely that he is changing teams now.

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Former FC Dallas player Juan Toja will advance to the CL group stage with Steaua. Good move for him.

Gooch holding off Liverpool so far...

Posted by: Kev | August 27, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

No mormon references yet?

Posted by: the jim | August 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

No mormon references yet?
.........................................

Scroll back up to about 1:10 p.m. (Not that I am endorsing any such references.)

Posted by: The Jeff | August 27, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Surrender Dorothy.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

As a native of Silver Spring, I get and appreciate that Ron :-)

Posted by: Kev | August 27, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Fulham's first team losing to Leicester (two divisions below them) - Dempsey on the bench again.

Posted by: Kev | August 27, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Olympiakos eliminated by a team from Cyprus. Ouch.

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Two late goals steal it for Fulham. Dempsey did not play.

Posted by: Kev | August 27, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

any other tasty CL morsels?
Toja is through? Sweet.

Maybe Dempsey could come back and play for Dallas?...

Posted by: dadryan | August 27, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Someone help me out here, I could have sworn that one of the Dips goalies scored that way.

Posted by: e | August 27, 2008 2:31 PM


Dragan Radovic scored for the Dips. Can't remember who he scored against.

Posted by: Andrew | August 28, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

The Sports Illustrated article that I linked to above stated specifically that Jim Brown's goal in April 1981 was the first by a keeper in the NASL history. Radovic's time with the Dips was earlier (79-80), so if he ever scored a goal, it was after Brown, and for some other team.

Dragan seems to have had an interesting second career:

http://www.fitness4x4.com/dragan.htm

Posted by: The Jeff | August 28, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Dragan Radovic turns out to a more common name than I realized. (There is a striker by that name on the roster of a semipro club in Toronto, as well as a German hockey player and a Bosnian basketballer.) The fitness guru is about the same age as the former Dips keeper and sort of resembles him, but I'm not 100 percent certain they're one and the same.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 28, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

No socially acceptable bigotry yet?

Posted by: the jim | August 27, 2008 4:14 PM

**********

Fixed your post...

Posted by: The Mormon | August 29, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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