March 2nd: US Bank Goal of the Match Award goes to Darren Yeagle
The US Bank Goal of the Match will be a weekly award given out to one of the Louisville Lightning players who shows the utmost skill in putting the ball in the back of the net. The award will be given out for every home game, and the video will be placed on the Louisville Lightning YouTube page.
This past week's US Bank Goal of the Match goes to Darren Yeagle. At the point of scoring the goal, the Louisville Lightning were down 8-7 to the visiting Detroit Waza team. The Lightning had previously played the Waza twice and lost both times in the 2011-2012 PASL season. It was important for the Lightning to pick up a win for a few reasons. The first and most obvious reason would be to take down the Detroit side, but the Lightning were also in contention to maybe take the Eastern Division title if they won that game.
The game was very close, going back and forth on the scoreboard from start to finish. The US Bank Goal of the Match went to Darren Yeagle in this game because of the importance of it. Don't get me wrong, the goal was very pretty and well-struck, but it was the timing of the goal that made it so great. The goal came late in the fourth quarter, right after the Waza had gone up 8-5 in the third quarter. The Lightning had been fighting back throughout the entire fourth, and it was paying off as they scored three unanswered goals against the first place side.
The tying eighth goal came with around nine and a half minutes left in the game, and it couldn't have been better timing. The Lightning had constant pressure on the Waza defense throughout the fourth and Yeagle finally converted as Simon Bird kicked in a booming shot from the right side. The ball was deflected up in the air to the goal front and Darren was able to find some breathing room to get in and volley with his left into the back of the net.
Despite the close game between the two closely matched teams, the Lightning ended up adding a 9-8 loss to their previously undefeated home record. Even though they lost their last game, the Lightning will still have one more home game before the year is done. The Lightning will be facing the Kansas Magic in their first playoff game as a club. Good luck to the Lightning on Friday, March 2nd.