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A New Jersey teen is getting a lot of attention both at school and online after a video of him doing a flip and scoring a soccer goal went viral. Jen Maxfield reports.
A New Jersey teen is getting a lot of attention both at school and online after a video of him doing a flip and scoring a soccer goal went viral.
A video of Randy Gordon scoring the goal for the Hackensack High School Comets by tossing the ball into the playing field using a front handspring has been viewed more than 100,000 times.
The video shows the ball going sky-high before being tipped into the net by an opposing Ramapo High goalie.
"When it went in, I went crazy," Gordon said. "It's like a once-in-a-lifetime thing."
Gordon, a junior, scored the goal in his first-ever game on the school's varsity soccer game. Normally, players can't score a goal off a throw-in but because the Ramapo goalie tipped the ball, the toss put Hackensack in the lead briefly.
Gordon, 16, said he spent all summer practicing the stunt.
Now, coach David Wells said, the team relies on him for throw-in plays.
"He can pretty much pinpoint where he wants to put the ball so this helps us out a ton," Wells said.
Gordon's mother, Anne Gordon, said she was proud of all the attention her son was getting.
"It's a little crazy," she said. "It was just a fun soccer game."
--Jen Maxfield contributed to this report