People talk about “ankle breaking” plays all the time, but that’s a classic case of simple exaggeration. No one ever breaks their ankles getting crossed up while trying to defend an onrushing ball carrier in any sport.
Or do they?
For once, it appears that a player’s deke and dodge move may have been so fierce it physically injured an opponent. The player you see completing the unbelievable nutmeg you see above is Riley Scott, a defender for Elkhorn South, a school in Nebraska. She scored the goal you see here in the state semifinals, which eventually concluded as a 5-0 victory for South against Omaha school Skutt.
While Scott’s goal wasn’t the game-winner, it was the most eye pleasing, created by her own beguiling ball skill. Yet that skill also appeared to have an actual victim, with an unidentified Skutt defender falling down while trying to shut off Scott on the edge of the box. The way the entire play progressed was almost surreal: Scott chased down a hopeful pass upfield from a teammate, brought it under control at pace as she careened toward the right side, made a sharp turn back toward the middle of the field and dropped the defender who had raced back to cut off Scott’s progress toward the cage. In this case, the word “dropped” can be read in a literal sense.
Yet, instead of bouncing back up after taking the fall, the Skutt player in question collapsed back down, gripping her shins in pain.
Unfortunately, that’s the last we saw of the injured defender. We have no idea if and how she recovered, or what constituted the full damage when all was told.
What we do know is that Scott has one heck of a deke, as one of her state semifinal defenders learned the very hard way.