We had a Ron Hextall-approved moment at Canon-McMillan tonight during the boys soccer team's 5-1 win over Ambridge.
The Big Macs (1-1, 3-1 Section 5-AAA) got goals from five different players, but one of them was goalkeeper James Hathaway, who scored on a direct kick from about 30 yards.
"We've been toying around with doing it," said Big Macs coach Larry Fingers. "He's pretty accurate."
And accurate Hathaway was, in the lower left-hand corner of the goal.
"You know sometimes in youth soccer you'll chip it in to get the goalkeeper in the air?" Fingers asked. "This was low, driven and placed."
Cory McCurdy, Nick Oberhaus, Josh Kruzcek and James Wilcox also scored for Canon-Mac, with McCurdy adding a pair of assists.
Ironically, Canon-McMillan lost to Upper St. Clair, 2-1, Tuesday night ... and missed on a penalty kick. That, of course, was one of the things that prompted Fingers to make this unorthodox move.
"Last year, coming into this season, we had some trouble scoring goals," Fingers said. "So this year, we have a very talented team, and we're trying to maximize our opportunities.
"We have three or four guys we have taking direct kicks, and James is one of those guys who has a strong leg and is very accurate."