Last week, I proudly announced our College Goal of the Week slate as the best we’d had all year. And I wasn’t kidding.
It took all of one week to supplant it.
This week’s trio of golazos is beyond the pale. Whether we’re talking Andi Sullivan’s corker for Stanford, Chase Minter’s supernatural bike for Cal Poly or Paddy Foss’ midfield bomb for Virginia (!), you can’t pick wrong this week.
First on the docket? Sullivan, a former No. 1 recruit who’s become a midfield cornerstone for a Stanford team with national title aspirations. The Cardinal furthered that aim with a 3-2 OT win over a ranked Arizona team on the road last week. Sullivan’s unreal blast helped the team get there. Nearly impossible to save a swerving kick like this, especially when it kisses the upright. No chance.
— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) October 4, 2015
Next up, we have Minter, who rode the bike to give Cal Poly a 1-0 victory over Northridge on the road. The goal helped the Mustangs to a 1-0 start to Big West action, and what a start it was. Note here that Minter bangs this up to himself before he biked it past the keeper. You won’t see a better bike than this all season. Probably.
Last but certainly not least, Foss did the impossible by bombing in this surface-to-air-to-surface scud missile with less than two minutes remaining to give defending national champion Virginia a 3-2 win over Louisville. UVA keeps winning in unconventional ways, but this takes the cake. Yes, the keeper misjudged the ball, but Foss’ laser-guided system allowed him to force the keeper to make a decision from 50+ yards. Somewhat reminiscent of Russell Cicerone’s 2014 TDS College Goal of the Year too, wasn’t it?
Oh, and it was Foss’ 21st birthday.
— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) October 2, 2015
You know the deal. You have until noon (PT) on Wednesday to pick a winner. Leggo.
UPDATE: Congrats to Cal Poly’s Chase Minter, who takes this week’s Goal of the Week with 58 percent of the vote. As always, we’ll see you next week.