David Beckham might be the most recognizable name to soccer aficionados and casual fans here in North America, mostly thanks to his skills on the field, personal brand, and relationship with his current wife ex-“Posh Spice” Victoria Beckham.
But Thursday, Delanie Hebert channeled her inner Beckham when she scored directly off a corner kick, untouched, at a-near impossible angle.
The corner kick, partly made famous by the film Bend it like Beckham, is well-known in sports. So many different options are available to the kicker. She could take the short pass, blast a long ball to the penalty area and hope a teammate gets to it or, very rarely, like Hebert accomplished, score directly from the parallel angle.
“[I’ve been] kind of practicing it,” said Hebert after the game in her Selena S. Horne team’s 7-1 victory over purple-fitted Scotiabank.
The golden shot sailed over every player’s head and was perfectly-placed over the outstretched arms of Scotiabank’s keeper. That made it 3-1 and Team Horne never looked back.
“I think we did pretty well,” said Marlee McDonald, who scored a hat trick in the match. It wasn’t her first trick either.
After Scotiabank’s Avery Ryan scored in the first minute of the match, when she split the defence of Horne and slid one past the keeper, McDonald replied moments later when she pounced on a rebound to tie things up.
McDonald’s second of the night came off a scramble in the goalmouth area, as the greenshirts buzzed around Scotiabank’s zone for much of the first half to take the 5-1 lead at halftime.
The second frame featured much closer play, and improved coordination by Scotiabank.
Kassidy Summer Bree-Bryant had a tremendous second half, carrying the ball up the right flank and even splitting Horne’s defence before being tripped by the last defender. But the ball went to a teammate to lead to a quality scoring chance.
Sarah Phan also featured prominently for Scotiabank. Her tricky deking fooled more than a few Horne defenders.
Scotiabank’s Ryan also did a swell job in goal in the second stanza, after scoring in the first.
Hebert, who plays on the girls’ select team formed a lethal duo with McDonald up front, and played a near perfect match in the team’s second game of the season.