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Ochoa up for USL goal of the year

By Lights FC Communications, 11/26/18, 2:15PM PST


Lights F.C. striker one of 12 nominees for the best goal of the 2018 season

It was the final Lights F.C. game at Cashman Field, and the Las Vegas fanbase left home happy after a 5-2 victory over Phoenix Rising FC, the eventual Western Conference Champions. The last goal at home for the Lights is now in contention to be picked as the best one scored in the USL during 2018.

Sammy Ochoa’s spectacular bicycle-kick won the Fans’ Choice Last-Chance Vote by accumulating 26% of the tally to defeat 9 other players in the poll conducted online at Now it will compete in a field of 12 brackets where in the 1st round he will face USL June’s goal of the month pick Jason Johnson of Phoenix Rising FC.

Ochoa goal of the Year Nominee

With a 2-goal lead, Las Vegas kept the pedal to the metal and in the 84th minute Alex Mendoza served a cross from the right wing that Ochoa timed down to strike with an acrobatic scissor-kick in the penalty area that made the ball go past goalkeeper Zac Lubin and into the back of the net.

“It’s one of the best goals I’ve ever had in my career, so to have it in the fight for USL goal of the year makes it sweeter”, Ochoa said.

Everybody focuses on how the play ended, but Sammy knows that without his teammates it would’ve been impossible to get this score, “It was a perfect play overall, not just the goal. (Daigo) Kobayashi’s long ball that Raul (Mendiola) controlled to then give it to Alex (Mendoza) who got an incredible cross to me. What a better way to finish it than with that goal”.

Ochoa was selected #1 in the Lights F.C. Top 10 goals of the year and won the Fans’ Choice Last-Chance Vote, now it’s up to the fans to keep on supporting the Lights F.C. forward to top another list: Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year. Voting is now open in the following link:


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