It’s win-or-go-home time in the Michigan Women’s High School Football Playoffs, and the added pressure of every touch can be overwhelming for young athletes.
The moment wasn’t too big for Portage Central’s Carly Boughton, however, as the senior forward scored three times in Mustang’s 5-0 playoff opener victory over Holt on Wednesday, including a goal for unmissable bicycle kick which is one of the best kicks you will see in high school.
The game started with Margaret Phares flying down the wing then tossing a ball into the box towards Boughton, who followed it over her head and connected with a strong right foot as she headed for the lawn.
Boughton put enough mustard on the shot to squeeze it between the crossbar and the goalkeeper’s hands, and his stunned reaction to seeing the ball tickle the string is almost as good as the shot itself.
Watch the video above to see the goal, or click here if the clip does not appear.
With the win, ninth-seeded Portage Central (15-4) advances to Tuesday’s district semifinals in Portage Northern, where the Mustangs will face Battle Creek Lakeview (8-9-1), after the Spartans defeated Jackson, 6-4, in Round 1.
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