Gold-Star Goalie: Tim Howard Scores With 100-Yard Soccer Kick

The Everton goalkeeper remained humble despite his instant-classic victory.

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Wednesday night was supposed to mark the return of Landon Donovan, the American midfielder and World Cup contender to the Premier League team, Everton. But it was goalkeeper Tim Howard who stole the show by scoring a goal for Everton from inside his penalty area.

Howard’s shot from nearly 100 yards away gave Everton a 63-minute lead in a 2-1 loss to Bolton at Goodison Park. According to ESPN, Howard’s right-footed kick from five yards inside his own penalty area bounced about 30 yards away from the Bolton goal and was blown by wind over Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan. Howard’s goal makes him the fourth keeper to score in the Premier League.

Howard remained humble despite the victory shot, keeping his celebrations to a minimum.

“I was delighted that we were in the lead and would hopefully go on to get three points, but it’s not a nice feeling for a keeper. It’s really awful actually,” Howard told Sky Sports. “For the back four and the goalkeepers at both ends, there was an awful wind swirling. You could see everybody was mistiming balls. Defenders were missing clearances that normally they would put up the field. I think the wind is the hardest condition to play in. Snow, rain, sun doesn’t matter, but the wind really does play tricks on you.”

Despite Howard’s freak goal, Everton eventually lost the game.

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