The Northeast Conference Twitter account has announced that El Mahdi Youssoufi bicycle kick goal was awarded as “Play of the Year”
Youssoufi’s goal was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Top 10 and reached position 7 on SportsCenter’s highlight reel, which is a compilation of the best plays in sports from around the world.
The gesture contributed to St. Francis men’s soccer 4-2 win over Central Connecticut State on September 27, 2019.
In a previous interview with SFC Today, Youssoufi declared that the goal wasn’t just an improvised stroke of genius, as he used to practice the kick in his home country, Morocco.
“I think it’s not just the bicycle kick in itself, but the entire action perfectly playing one touch,” he added. “Then the perfect cross came in, and I scored.”