At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Dutch striker Robin Van Persie set the tournament alight with a fantastic flying header that beat Spanish goalkeeper Iker Cassilas and set the Netherlands on the way to a memorable opening round victory. What unfolded during a recent high school soccer match in Wisconsin may not have been quite as impressive — Van Persie’s strike was certainly from farther away — but it was of equal quality, particularly given its source.
The player providing the immaculate headed touch in the video you see above is Brandon Van Goethem, a star for Lakeland Union in Wisconsin. Van Goethem is a rare single-season two-sport athlete, suiting up for both the football and soccer team at Lakeland Union, but it is his scoring prowess that was on display against Shawano in a regional playoff game.
By the final whistle Lakeland Union had built a 6-0 lead, proof perhaps that Van Goethem’s headed goal wasn’t even needed. Needed or not, it was still one of the goals of the year, and one which would bring a smile to the likes of Van Persie across the world.