With less than a minute to go in her high school career, and down 4-1 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A East final (final four) game, Athens Drive senior Erika Snyder got creative.
In 2011 terms, it was a “YOLO” move (YOLO stands for “you only live once”).
Snyder took a free kick and caught the ball with her shirt. She then ran with it down the sideline as Middle Creek players gave chase.
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No whistle blew.
Snyder’s hands never touched the ball directly (but did through her shirt as our photo shows), so maybe the refs couldn’t call a handball?
It’s hard to find instances of this happening professionally, but the one that did received a yellow card for obstruction (and he was on a team winning 5-0).
Snyder got within a few yards of the goal before the ball fell out.
The Jaguars were not awarded six points for the approximately 40-yard touchdown run.
A few seconds later, Athens Drive’s season – and underdog playoff run – was over, but not before one more memory.
Middle Creek won 4-1 and will continue its Cinderella run in Saturday’s title.