GK Isom's 90-Yard Goal No. 3 on SportsCenter's Top Plays

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BATON ROUGE -- When LSU goalkeeper Mo Isom lined up to take a routine free kick in the second half of Monday’s match against BYU at the LSU Soccer Complex, she would have never guessed that it would be broadcast to a nationwide audience the following day.

Watch the goal free in the Geaux Zone.

That is until she fired the ball 90 yards downfield over the Cougar defense and into the net for her first career goal and the first ever scored by an LSU goalkeeper in program history.

The video of Isom’s electrifying goal was aired in homes across the globe as part of the “Top 10 Plays” segment of Tuesday night’s edition of ESPN’s Sportscenter, cracking the top-five plays of the day at No. 4 on the countdown originally aired during the 10 p.m. broadcast.

Her incredible feat led Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt to say, “Laissez les bon temps rouler, a wonder strike from Mo Isom! Now, I wonder if that should be No. 1.” The ESPN producers must have been paying attention as the clip was bumped up to No. 3 in the rebroadcast at midnight.

“I’m still in shock. I can’t believe I actually scored a goal,” Isom said. “I’ve never done anything exactly like that before. When you step up to take a free kick like that, you don’t line up with the intention of actually scoring a goal. All I was trying to do was put the ball in play on their end to give our front line a chance to score. I got a fortunate bounce and it went in.

“And to actually make it on Sportscenter is unreal. I’m just happy that I was able to do something to help my team win. That kind of exposure is tremendous for our team.”

With the BYU goalkeeper coming off her line to defend LSU’s pressing front line, the ball took one bounce near the top of the penalty area over the keeper’s head and into the net for what is the most stunning goal in team history. Isom’s goal in the 53rd minute of play extended the LSU lead to 3-1 as the Tigers went on the defeat the Cougars by a comfortable 4-1 margin.

More importantly, it helped push LSU’s record to 2-0 on the young season and its school record home unbeaten streak to 13 games. The Tigers have not tasted defeat at the LSU Soccer Complex since dropping a 2-1 decision to the Auburn Tigers on Oct. 13, 2006.

“That one play just shows the kind of class that Mo Isom has on the soccer field,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “She certainly gives us an added dimension in the attack with her ability to take punts and free kicks, but no one ever expects a goalkeeper to actually score a goal. In all my years of coaching, I’ve never seen anything like that before. It’s truly remarkable.”

Isom and the rest of the Tigers will return to the pitch on Saturday as they travel to Evanston, Ill., to face the Northwestern Wildcats in a match scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lakeside Field.

 

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