NORMAN — Backing away and with his back to the goal, Norman North senior Mauro Cichero saw the soccer ball pop into the air.
He jumped, falling backward and then unleashed a kick over his head and into the top right corner of the goal, completing an impressive bicycle kick and sending the Timberwolves to a big 3-2 victory Tuesday over Edmond Memorial in the 92nd minute.
The kick has become a YouTube sensation, drawing nearly 80,000 views and shining the light on Norman North’s star.
“It’s been a little bizarre, to be honest with you,” said Cichero, who signed his National Letter of Intent with SMU on Friday. “I thought it would just stay here in Oklahoma. It surprised me a little bit, but it feels good to know people are impressed by the goal. It’s not something you do every day and it’s something amazing.”
A few things had to go right for Cichero, though.
First, his teammate Cole Johnson crossed the ball to the other side of the goal, where Norman North’s Carson Cacciatore headed it to the front post and towards a Memorial defender. Cichero’s lone chance was to play off Memorial’s header.
“That was the only maneuver I could do to get a hit off,” he said.
Finally, the Memorial goalkeeper fell victim to Johnson’s cross kick and was out of position. The kick, though, was likely unblockable.
“I just tried to get it on goal,” said Cichero, who was The Oklahoman’s 2013 Player of the Year. “I actually thought it went over when I hit it, but apparently it went in. When I turned around, everything was a blur after that.”