ESPN highlights Father Ryan soccer player in 'Top Ten Plays' - WKRN News 2

ESPN highlights Father Ryan soccer player in 'Top Ten Plays'

Posted: Updated: May 31, 2013 02:41 PM

A local soccer player from Father Ryan made ESPN's "Top Ten Plays" last weekend.

The team was in overtime during the state championship game when Luke Strebel kicked the ball 54 yards into the net.

The kick came after a full game, two overtime periods and then a five minute sudden death.

With less than one minute remaining, Strebel made his goal. The play was so epic that ESPN highlighted it during their "Top Ten Plays".

"Fire time I heard about it, I was like, ‘What is this?'" Strebel said of making the highlights.

He said that he gives all the props in the world to his team, who helped create chaos to distract the keeper.

"[The ball] just floated right over the top and there were heads going everywhere, and he couldn't tell if it was going to be deflected, and it the wet grass and skipped right in," Strebel explained.

The goal was just what Father Ryan needed to win the state championship.

"We had a special moment, our President, Mr. McEntire came over to me right before Luke's kick and said, ‘This one is going to go in." Took a brief moment and said a brief prayer, the Hail Mary, and as he kicked it, the ball went into the air and into the back of the net," said Pat Lawson, Father Ryan's athletic director.

He continued, "I grabbed my little boy and we ran out on the field to celebrate and congratulate the kids and the coaches, so it was an awesome atmosphere."

Both Father Ryan's men's and women's soccer teams won state titles in their divisions this year.

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