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Resources Jun 20, 2015

OMG What a Goal! Portland Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos nets diving header

You’ve probably heard of “sweeper ‘keeper,” but how about “sweeper striker”?

Michelle Betos. Photo property of NWSL.NWSL returned from its Women’s World Cup break with a bang on Friday night in Portland.

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With her team down a player and a goal as their match with FC Kansas City entered stoppage time, Portland Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos roamed forward into the opposite penalty box for a corner kick.

FCKC’s clearance gave the Thorns another corner, and on the second try Betos made the play that every ‘keeper dreams of.

Contorting herself to land a sensational diving header on teammate Allie Long‘s delivery, Betos watched as the ball crossed the goal line despite the efforts of her KC counterpart Nicole Barnhart, earning the home side a 1-1 draw.

The 15,000-plus in attendance at Providence Park erupted, while Betos – who is deputizing in goal while Thorns starter Nadine Angerer competes for Germany at the WWC – was swarmed by her amazed teammates within seconds of the referee’s final whistle.

Is this the greatest goal in the three-season history of NWSL? The first rival for that title that comes to mind is Australian international Lisa De Vanna‘s amazing bicycle kick for Sky Blue FC in 2013:

What do you think? Feel free to share your comments below.

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