Raquel Rodriguez scored her goal in 24.76 seconds, the NWSL said. (Jeffrey Auger Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)
TINTON, N.J. – Raquel Rodriguez stands by herself among her National Women’s Soccer League peers.
Upon further review by the league, the game-opening goal this past weekend by the Sky Blue FC midfielder has officially been recorded as occurring at 24 seconds, making it the fastest goal in NWSL history.
“We are delighted to hear that Sky Blue FC is being acknowledged with the fastest goal in league history,” Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly said. “The goal was a true team effort and shows everything about the team ethic and mentality of our players. We really appreciate the NWSL for putting in their due diligence to ensure that the goal received this distinction.”
That goal was the result of a very aggressive start against Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park, a match that Sky Blue FC won, 3-1.
Forward Sam Kerr gathered a rebound on the right side of the penalty area before turning and playing a hard roller towards Rodriguez. Seeing space in front of her, the Costa Rica international stepped into a powerful shot that slotted past Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.
The new record was less than a second under the previous mark, which was accomplished by FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak against the Boston Breakers July 9, 2015. The NWSL released a video Wednesday that showed just how close the two goals were in comparison, with Rodriguez scoring in 24.76 seconds and Tymrak finishing at the 25.73-second mark.
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تم نشره بواسطة National Women's Soccer League في 21 يونيو، 2017
Video courtesy of the NWSL Facebook page
Sky Blue FC plays at the Chicago Red Stars Sunday at 6 p.m. The New Jersey side will return home to Yurcak Field to host the Orlando Pride Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m.