If it looks like there's no coming back from a wonder goal like this, that's because there isn't.
As the color analyst for the National Federation of High School Associations broadcast said, "you will not see a better goal" than Atlanta Paideia School sophomore Lagos Kunga's tally with 16:35 remaining in Georgia's Class A state championship game over the weekend. Unreal, indeed.
After Kunga neatly worked his way through the midfield past three Atlanta International School defenders and found forward Sam Tatum, his senior teammate illustrated some fancy footwork of his own in the corner before whirling a crossing pass back to Kunga in the box. From there, the sophomore sensation drilled a remarkable sidewinding score that sliced the AIS lead in half, 2-1.
“It was one of the most beautiful goals I’ve ever seen,” Paideia senior forward Phillip Galonsky told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Just how pretty it was, I think that got everybody hyped.”
Ranked as the naition's No. 17 recruit in the Class of 2016 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Kunga and Tatum ignited a rally that AIS simply could not answer. The Pythons evened the score at two apiece only a few minutes later, and both Galonsky and Kunga netted goals in the overtime period for a 4-2 title victory.
Given the magnitude of the moment and the skill required from both players, this has might just be the goal of the prep soccer season, although Oklahoma's Mauro Cichero might beg to differ.