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Tony Diaz owns Princeton (Ill.) High’s soccer team so bad, the university by the same name better start recruiting the Sterling (Ill.) High senior, just so he doesn’t go supernova on the Tigers at the collegiate level.
In a 6-1 win over Princeton on Tuesday, Diaz scored four goals — two of which cracked SportsCenter’s top 10.
His first spectacular tally came after beating a defender to a loose ball, chipping it to himself, heading it to himself and left-footed laser-ing it into the back of the net from 20 yards out — all without the ball touching the ground. That earned a prophetic, “Are you kidding me? That’s SportsCenter top 10 stuff right there,” from the announcer.
The second gorgeous goal came when Diaz changed direction on a dime to avoid two Princeton defenders, and then found the upper right 90 with a falling right-footed curveball, just out of the goaltender’s reach.
By then, the announcers were stunned, even if the Sterling senior’s performance wasn’t all that surprising. He collected five goals and an assist against Princeton last season and became the school’s all-time leading scorer before ever taking the field this year. Tuesday’s four goals against Princeton brought his career total to 112.