April Goss is a fifth-year senior on Kent State’s football team. She originally walked onto the program as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and has been on the roster ever since. Despite being on the team, she had never kicked in a live game. That changed on Saturday, when Goss came in for a PAT during Kent State’s 45-13 beatdown of Delaware State and converted her kick, making her the second woman in FBS history to record a point during a game.
While the moment was historic, Goss was a little disappointed in it, as documented by the Associated Press.
Her kick veered right off the hold (http://bit.ly/1KKObrK ), giving her a moment of panic, but it cleared the crossbar and went through the uprights. When the officials signaled the kick was good, she was mobbed by her teammates. Once Goss got to the sideline, she shared hugs with all of Kent State’s coaches and was congratulated by university president Dr. Beverly Warren.
“I was a little disappointed I didn’t make a better kick,” she said in a phone interview. “I was sure it was going right, but it did go through. I’ll probably beat myself up for that for a little while, but it was awesome.”
Here’s a video that goes into her backstory a little more – and at the end shows her easily converting an extra point during what looks like a practice or one of Kent State’s spring games – but Goss was a former soccer player who wanted to start kicking during her junior year of high school, learned how to do it, and eventually walked onto the the Golden Flashes’ football program.
Goss became the first woman to record points in a college football game since 2003, when Katie Hnida of New Mexico knocked in a pair of extra points in one game. There’s no word on whether Goss will kick a few more times this season, but as she told the AP, “I would love another chance. But what I’d like more is for us to make it to a bowl game and win, that would be more special.”
(via Associated Press)