The bicycle kick, one of the flashiest and well-known maneuvers in soccer, is a move that most can only settle for pulling off in a practice setting.
It’s an entirely different thing to actually pull off during a game, but that’s what Somers’ Melina Couzis did on Wednesday against rivals Yorktown, looping the shot into an unreachable part of the net to break a 1-1 tie.
Even better for her: the goal was picked up by and broadcast on ESPN FC.
“When my friends called me at 11:30 to tell me, I was estactic,” Couzis said. “To be featured on ESPN is really cool; when I made connection with the ball, I knew it was going in.”
For the latest #lohudgirlssoccer Player of the Week, however, it was only the beginning.
The junior center midfielder added two more goals that game to help lead the Tuskers to a 5-1 win. In the team’s regular-season finale on Friday against Horace Greeley, she added two more goals in a 4-2 win that clinched a perfect 16-0 regular season record.
But more than the goals, the UConn commit controlled the middle of the pitch the entire week and acting as the quarterback of the team, according to Somers head coach Paul Saia.
“Everybody on the team contributes; just being the center mid, I do get the ball a lot and I do see those balls forward,” Couzis said. “With my confidence building and everybody’s confidence building, that’s why we’re 16-0 this year. The games are only going to get tougher; we need to be super-focused and we need a hundred and ten percent from everyone on the field.”
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