It’s back. Oh by glory it’s back.
The TDS College Goal of the Year is that glorious time each week we set aside to gawk awkwardly at the finest choice cuts the college game has to offer. From swinging volleys to 40-yard thunderplonkers to bike-to-header-to-bike combinations (this happened), we’ll break down the best of the best from the previous week on a weekly basis here. And that all starts now.
Before we look forward, let’s have a moment of silence for Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone, whose insane 2OT goal off a kickoff won the Bulls a match and won him our TDS 2014 Goal of the Year. That’s what you’re chasing, America. Good luck.
Now, let’s dig into the good stuff.
First up is a well-taken roofer from Oregon State’s Mikhail Doholis, whose 97th minute tally gave the Beavers a vital 1-0 win over a quality Marquette team to open the season on a high note on Friday. The scoop on this one with little prep work is pretty phenomenal.
Next on the list is UCLA’s Gabbi Miranda, who helped avert another loss with an absolute laser in an eventual 2-1 win over No. 13 Wisconsin that’ll look good come tourney time. The amount of power Miranda generated on this ball from basically a standing position with the ball dead at her foot is utter nonsense.
Finally, in keeping with the theme, we have Elon’s Eduardo Alvarez, whose Phoenix opened the season with a 4-0 win over DePaul. Alvarez’s goal was the pick of the litter, ripping through the sky from another continent before kissing off the upright and settling in. You don’t see goals of this quality often anywhere, let alone the first weekend of the men’s college season.
Your turn to vote. Watch, think, click. Welcome back to the party. We’ve missed you.
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UPDATE: Congrats to UCLA’s Gabbi Miranda, whose thunderous goal won our inaugural vote of the season with 54 percent of the vote. We’ll see you next week (and prepare yourself for one crazy golazo from South Carolina).