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Ryan Cooper | | August 29, 2016

Best goals from the first three days of men's soccer

  Diego Campos' (9) goal was one of the best from the first weekend of play.

Last week we saw some sweet women’s soccer goals from the first weekend of play, and now the men have followed suit in opening their season. Here are some of the highlight-reel scores over the first three days of the 2016 men’s soccer season.

Ema Twumasi | Wake Forest

Twumasi, a Ghana native who was brought to America through the Right to Dream organization, made his first collegiate goal a flashy one. Wake Forest was awarded a corner kick with a few seconds left in the first half, which was served past the net and headed to Twumasi in front of the net. Twumasi played it off his chest, then in one motion spun and launched it past the goalie with a bicycle kick. It’s not hard to see the pure talent that the freshman possesses after a play like that.

Diego Campos | Clemson

Campos, like Twumasi, shows off some incredible body control, knocking a pass down and then swatting it out of the air and past the keeper. The velocity he got on this kick from a good 12 yards out might be the most impressive part, as the goalie had a beat on it the whole time but still couldn’t get there in time. It was a huge day for Campos, who scored both of the Tigers’ goals in a 2-1 win over Providence.

Anthony Brown | Saint Louis

Sometimes you just have to tip your cap for a good ol’ fashioned laser shot, and that’s what Brown did here. There was no impeccable footwork or nifty fakes, just a ball that was smashed past the helpless keeper. Look at the way that ball moves as it screams through the air. This goal stood as the only one in a 1-0 opening win over Twumasi’s Demon Deacons on Friday.

Aiden D’Mello | North Florida

You almost want to give all the credit to Cormac Begley on the assist, but it was D’Mello who did a nice job putting it home. Despite being blanketed by two yellow jerseys, Begley still managed to not only see D’Mello on the other side of the net but somehow get a pass over the defense and right to him. From there, it was as simple as D’Mello putting it where the goalie wasn’t for the second goal of the game.

Harrison Weilbacher | Binghamton

There’s nothing like a beautiful shot off a free kick. Even when the keeper has all the time in the world to stare the kicker down and track the shot from the second it’s in the air, there’s absolutely nothing they can do to stop it. Take this one by Weilbacher, which began heading to the goalie’s left before making a sharp turn to his right and over his outstretched hand. This one could not have possibly been placed any better, and it ended up being the game-winner.

Papi Diouf | Cal State Northridge

Diouf’s goal is on here solely for the shockingly low amount of time it took to happen: eight seconds. That’s right, just eight seconds from the whistle blowing, the Matadors held a 1-0 lead. That was the fastest goal in Big West Conference history. It was a combination of a nicely drawn-up play and Tulsa falling asleep a little that allowed it to happen, but either way it was a really cool way for a game to start (unless you’re a Tulsa fan).

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