NCAA soccer plays host to sensational back-heel volley goal courtesy of UMBC

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The world of NCAA soccer over in the United States often goes unreported beyond local news outlets what with the nation's focus on the NBA, NFL, MLB and Major League Soccer.

But Kay Banjo of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has done his best to put college soccer, and himself, on the map with an audacious back-heel volley goal during a crucial game this week.

Up against Vermont in the America East soccer semi-finals on Wednesday night and with the game tied up at 1-1 in the first half Banjo improvised with spectacular results to send the ball into the back of the net and put UMBC in front.

You can check out the amazing goal at the bottom of the article.

Great technique

With teammate Jordan Becker having weaved his way past a couple of Vermont defenders he sent a cross into the penalty box which looked unlikely to lead to anything more than a botched shot as it arrived at Banjo at speed and at wasit height.

But the striker, who had his back to goal as the ball headed his way, somehow managed to pull of the unlikely - swivelling his right foot allowing his heel to connect with the ball at the perfect time - sending the volley into the back of the net with the opposition goalkeeper rooted to his spot.

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Anyway, without further-ado here is the goal in all its glory...


Unfortunately for Banjo his spectacular effort comes too late for the annual Puskas Award which honors the greatest goal scored in the calendar year but at least the youngster knows that his bit of trickery helped his team progress.

Banjo's audacious attempt was his eight goal of the season and next up for the striker and UMBC is Saturday's America East final where they will take on Hartford. With an unbeaten record of 24 games, and plays like the goal above in their locker, you wouldn't want to bet against them to grab a win.


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