april_gross.jpgAmid the blur of highlights from Saturday’s collage of college football games, perhaps the biggest news came on a mere “meaningless” extra point in a game that drew just 15,091 fans.  

The kick was sloppy, barely arching over the right side of the crossbar. It wasn’t even a game-winner.

But the kicker made history. All 5-6, 134 pounds of her.

That’s right, her.

Saluting April in September

April Goss, a senior place kicker for the Kent State Golden Flashes. A backup kicker, actually.

With 4:30 left in the second quarter, Goss became the first woman to score a point in a Division I football game since Katie Hnida kicked a pair of extra points for New Mexico in 2003. Goss’s kick in a downpour at Dix Stadium put her team ahead, 29-6.  

Watch it here at about 2:50 in.

In a Rudy-like moment, Goss was mobbed by teammates, who then carried her on their shoulders to the sidelines. There, she was greeted with hugs from Kent State's coaching staff and congratulated by Kent State President Dr. Beverly Warren.

"I've been waiting for this moment for an awfully long time,” Goss, who played football at Hopewell High School in Pennsylvania, said in the post-game press conference. “I felt like I blacked out a little bit when I kicked it. It wasn't the cleanest hit…but it went through, and that's all that matters."

Yes, indeed, April. Yes, indeed.

Published by Sports Content Team on September 16, 2015 in Sports

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