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.
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.