My Great­est Goal Lisa De Vanna

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THE LEAD U P

It was about four years ago, I was play­ing in the NWSL for Sky Blue FC, the same team that Sammy Kerr is in and it was just a club game. I was in my bed­room be­fore the game be­ing in­de­ci­sive about what boots I should wear. I was think­ing, I don’t know if I should wear this one or that one. I had that bat­tle with my head be­cause I’m so su­per­sti­tious.

THE MATCH

I was scor­ing a few goals at that time. It was just a game we needed to win to keep mo­men­tum for mak­ing the top four. It was just a nor­mal league game. The game wasn’t re­ally im­por­tant for that sea­son but it did put the team on the map af­ter I scored the goal.

THE GOAL

I just re­mem­ber do­ing a 1-2 with one of the play­ers and she just flicked the ball in the air. Be­cause I was run­ning into the box, I ac­tu­ally went past the ball, so I just thought I’m go­ing to do a bi­cy­cle kick. When I was in the air, I wasn’t re­ally even think­ing any­thing. I just thought what­ever I do I bet­ter con­nect with this ball other­wise I’m go­ing to look com­pletely stupid if I miss. Ob­vi­ously, I con­nected with it and I didn’t see the ball go into the back of the net but the re­ac­tion of my team­mates and the crowd, it was ob­vi­ously a de­cent goal.

THE AFTER­MATH

It made such big head­lines all over the world. It brought foot­ball to Aus­tralia’s at­ten­tion, be­ing an Aus­tralian and do­ing that. When I got home it was just so vi­ral through­out the in­ter­net, through me­dia back home. Around the world I had peo­ple in England, France and Swe­den message me say­ing they’d just seen my goal. It was a pretty spe­cial thing in terms of be­ing an Aus­tralian to be able to get foot­ball in Aus­tralia on the map with that. When you score good goals like that, it gives you a lot of con­fi­dence in your­self but also in the team. It made the Puskas award. I didn’t end up mak­ing the top three but I had to com­pete with Ibrahi­movic with his bi­cy­cle kick against England, plus Ney­mar as well.

THE CON­TENDERS

I scored a de­cent goal against the US in 2012. I ran from the half­way line and beat their player. Then I just beat the keeper and put the ball in the top cor­ner. It was a pretty big goal to score and it was against the US team who, at the time, were com­ing off winning the Olympic Games as the num­ber one team in the world. That one was pretty good. I think my goal against Brazil in Septem­ber would def­i­nitely be in my top three best goals I’ve scored.

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