You may never see another lacrosse goal like this one.
Gonzaga College High School sophomore Matt Borda scored an 80-yard goal Monday night to seal the school’s second consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship.
“I’ve never seen something like that in a game,” said fourth-year Gonzaga head coach Casey O’Neill. “It was absolutely unbelievable. I didn’t know what to do.”
The Purple Eagles were actually short-handed and clinging to a one-goal lead when the dramatic goal was scored.
“We had about 20 seconds left on the clock and we were a man down,” explained O’Neill. “We wanted to kill time and send it back to the other end of the field. No one expected that to happen.”
Borda, who was on defense when he fired the 80-yard shot from behind his own goal line, is one of the few sophomores playing with the varsity squad. His age, however, does not seem to factor in his ability to make key plays.
“He is a great athlete,” said O’Neill. “It is definitely nice to see a younger kid have an amazing moment like that.”
The 10-8 victory marks the second WCAC title O’Neill has brought to the school in his four-year tenure as Gonzaga head coach.
“We’ve got a good program, good kids, good family and good support,” said O’Neill. “It feels great, but it still hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Borda and the rest of the Purple Eagles will likely be gaining a lot of new fans in the near future once this video makes its way around the Internet.