TECUMSEH — In the two days leading up to Jennifer Goethe's debut with the Tecumseh football team last Friday against Noble, Goethe and her parents joked quite a bit about what an improbable story it would be if she kicked a game-winning field goal in the season opener.
“I kept telling myself and my co-workers at work this week, ‘wouldn't it be something if she did that?'” Jennifer's father, Ernie Goethe, said.
It was something.
Just three days after Jennifer Goethe tried out for Tecumseh coach Greg George and two days after joining the team, she nailed a 22-yard field goal in overtime to start Tecumseh's season with a 16-13 win over Noble.
Goethe earned Oklahoman Player of the Week honors for her accomplishment.
“I jogged out there and I saw the look in the boys' eyes, our defense had done amazing,” Jennifer, a sophomore, said. “I was pumped up, yelling, ‘Let's go, let's go.' I think it gave everyone confidence.”
In the stands, Ernie wasn't quite as cool as his daughter.
“I was completely a nervous wreck,” he said. “I had my camera out on fast-frame shooting because I couldn't hold down the shutter. Her mom (Kathleen) and I, we were just nervous wrecks.”
Jennifer Goethe has loved football for a long time. She played football in Tecumseh when she was in the sixth grade, seeing time at tight end and receiver.
Her bedroom walls have posters of Dallas Cowboys stars Tony Romo and Emmitt Smith and Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi.
“You go in there, and it looks like a teenage boys' room,” Ernie said.
There had been some discussion about playing football in the offseason when some Tecumseh assistant coaches watched Jennifer Goethe's soccer team scrimmage a boys team.
But she didn't think too much about it until Tuesday night, when she went to the Tecumseh track and brought along her football and tee.
She boomed kick after kick, some from as far as 40 yards, through the uprights.