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High School Soccer Team's Goal-Scoring Trick Play: Dirty or Really Clever?



This could be either really dirty or really clever. After you watch it, we'll let you weigh in.

The team in blue below is the Bryant (Arkansas) High School boys soccer team. They're playing Conway (Arkansas) High School in white. Bryant appears to have been awarded an indirect kick, meaning it can only score a goal if more than one person touches the ball. So what's the best way to do that? Of course it's by distracting your opponent with a fake injury so you can slip it by the defenders to a teammate streaking in front of the net.

Here's what I mean:

Yahoo's high school sports blog reports that some are questioning the move, wondering if the "actors" should have been penalized (which is a legitimate punishment in soccer). But here's what author Jonathan Wall says:

I understand the debate about the play, but we've been seeing misdirection and bizarre plays in high school football for years now. From trying to bring on a player at the last second to pretending to call a timeout and then throwing it down the field, plays like this are nothing new.

If anything, Bryant should be commended for using its imagination and coming up with such an ingenious play that resulted in a goal.

So, what do you think?

(H/T: Buzzfeed)

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