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WATCH: Leominster HS soccer player hits ‘Hail Mary’ goal in dying seconds to tie game, leading team to PK win – Boston News, Weather, Sports

LEOMINSTER, MASS. (WHDH) – What started as a free kick on the other side of the pitch turned into a miracle goal Leo Giglio and his team will remember Leominster High School for a lifetime.

“Everyone would want to watch that goal – I watched it a hundred times today,” coach Steve McCaughey said.

Leominster students, teachers and fans held their breath for the final 35 seconds of their side’s tournament match against Framingham.

With their opponents up 1-0 on Sunday night, Giglio took the free kick from 65 yards out. His side were ready to clutter the box in a last ditch effort to tie things up – but instead the captain saved them the trouble, tossing him through the air with an arc that sent him past the Framingham keeper.

Snapped from the stands, everyone in the stands went wild.

“At the time he scored there were 35 seconds left, so there were 35 seconds left in the game to equalize, otherwise our season is over,” McCaughey said. “You know, obviously we had our backs against the wall.”

For Giglio, it was do or die.

“He’s my senior captain, so you know, that could have been the last time he touched the football in high school if that ball didn’t go into the back of the net,” the coach said.

McCaughey added that his team is no stranger to unconventional games, having experienced what he called “crazy games in the past” that taught his team that there is always hope. And miracle goal or not, he said his team was ready for even tougher matches ahead in the MIAA Boys Soccer Division 1 State Tournament.

“Every game is a real challenge at this level, when you’re in the last 16 teams every opponent is going to be very difficult,” he said.

The next game for the Blue Devils will be the Franklin Panthers on Thursday.

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