Somewhere in America, a youth soccer game featured a very, very odd box score this weekend.
During a classic set of weekend youth football games, a meandering deer suddenly found itself in the midst of a busy morning set of contests brimming with young soccer players. As one might expect, our animal friend got spooked and kicked up a straight sprint across the entire slate of fields. In the process, he happened to make contact with a loose ball and, wouldn’t you know it, the resulting shot screamed straight into the net.
So there you have it. One youth game would have a scoreline that included “Deer, Young (1)”. Surely a first.
It’s likely this isn’t the first time that a wild animal has unintentionally invaded a youth soccer match, and it definitely won’t be the last. We’re going to go out on a limb and predict that it might just be the only time that special pitch invader actually scores a goal.