Fort Worth Vaqueros FC midfielder Jamie Lovegrove has won the National Premier Soccer League goal of the year.
Lovegrove’s goal against FC Brownsville was selected through online voting by teams, media members, fans, and supporters.
Watch the goal here.
“It’s funny because it was the same day as Toni Kroos’ free kick,” Lovegrove said. “I got the ball roughly the same position and thought I might have a go here, and I did. I want to thank everyone that voted and to win the award means a lot to me, can’t wait for next season. Let’s go Vaqueros!”
Lovegrove’s goal occurred at Farrington Field. He lined up for the restart from 13 yards out on the right edge of the Brownsville penalty area. Rather than sending the cross in for a header, Lovegrove bent the strike around the Coyotes’ wall. The driven shot sailed past the goalkeeper and into the far side of the goal. The 41st-minute strike proved to be the game-winner in the 2-1 Vaqueros victory.
“Jamie had a few world-class free kick goals this season but this one resonated with the fans since it was a similar goal on the same day as the World Cup goal by German National Team player Toni Kroos that kept Germany alive in group play,” Fort Worth Vaqueros owner Michael Hitchcock said. “On behalf of the Fort Worth Vaqueros family, we’re happy for Jamie to receive this well-deserved recognition. He’s a great player, but just as important a great person and incredible ambassador for the club and sport of soccer.”
Lovegrove proved to be one of the NPSL’s most dangerous strikers in deadball situations this season with four goals off restarts and a fifth off a penalty kick. So, it’s little surprise that one of his signature free kicks would earn goal of the year honors.
A native of the United Kingdom, Lovegrove attended Hazelwick School in Crawley, West Sussex. He started playing professionally when he was 16 and was with Crawley Town FC from 2006 to 2008. He came to the U.S. when he was 19 and played for Richland Junior College for two years before joining the Dallas Sidekicks. He played in 28 matches at Richland, accounting for five goals and four assists on his way to National Soccer Coaches Association of America NJCAA Division III All-America honors.
Lovegrove played for the Sidekicks during the 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League season. In his 55-game MASL career, he compiled 81 goals and 42 assists. He finished up the recent indoor season with the San Diego Sockers, tallying four goals and one assist in five games. He has been with the Vaqueros for two seasons and has scored 10 goals in each.