Just about every team in the country has one or two games under its belt now that women's soccer season is underway, and the first weekend did not disappoint. Some players celebrated the new season with some jaw-dropping goals, showing off incredible footwork, power and body control. Here are some of those highlight-reel scores from the first three days of the season.
Amber Munerlyn | UCLA
Munerlyn started her season off the right way by making a defender look silly. The Bruin plucked a lofted pass out of the air and quickly went behind the back, leaving the San Diego State player in the dust. She then quickly gathered herself and placed it perfectly over the goalkeeper and into the corner of the net.
Ella Stevens | Duke
This goal by Stevens in Friday's opener might have been only one of a ridiculous nine the Blue Devils scored, but that didn't make it any less remarkable. Stevens was the 2015 national high school player of the year, giving everyone a lot of expectations for what she can accomplish in Durham, North Carolina. Well, based on this ridiculous spinning kick out of the air, she plans to live up to those expectations and then some. The goal was the first of her college career, and she followed it up with another in her first start Sunday.
McKenzie Warren | Montana
Montana 2, Purdue 1 -- Watch McKenzie Warren's game-winner:https://t.co/BeZtqaPeUn— UM Soccer (@Grizzly_Soccer) August 21, 2016
No player can do it without her teammates, and the assists on this overtime game-winner were just as impressive as the goal itself. First, No. 14 Ellie Otteson, though she didn't get any points for it because hockey assists only count in, well, hockey, did a great job of keeping her composure through some tight defense to get the ball to the middle of the field. That's where it really got good. Hallie Widner received the pass and, in one motion, dumped it behind her back to a cutting Warren, who let loose a perfect strike to end the game. Just look at Widner's reaction the instant Warren took the shot. That's poetry in motion right there.
Hailey Stein | James Madison
Stein's first career goal was about as memorable as one can be, given the situation and difficulty. With eight seconds left in regulation and trailing 3-2, Stein lined up for a free kick from just in front of midfield. Like a Hail Mary in football, this kick had to be placed absolutely perfectly to stand any chance, and that's exactly what she did. She lifted it close enough to the head of her forward that the Arkansas goalie was forced to come out to try to catch it and avoid a header. That made her enter some heavy traffic and she missed it, with the ball glancing off her fingertips and into the back of the net for an incredible overtime-forcer. The Razorbacks eventually held off the Dukes in double overtime, but that didn't make this goal that got them there any less amazing.
Jaylin Bosak | Creighton
Keeping up with the theme of first career goals, Bosak registered hers in her first game. When you watch this play, it's not surprising in the slightest that the freshman was a four-year letterwinner in basketball in high school. Those are some insane ups she showed there to go over the top of everyone and head it in. The assist by Taryn Jakubowski also deserves a ton of praise, as it was amazing that the pass ever even got to Bosak. Jakubowski had to run away from the net to retrieve the ball, quickly elude a defender, and then loft it up for Bosak between two Iowa jerseys. Just an all-around outstanding effort in the Bluejays' 5-3 win.
Alexa Quaranta | UMBC
A lot of the goals already seen were a big reflection on the work of the scorer's teammates to set her up. This one was all Quaranta. The redshirt senior is working to make her final year a special one after a couple of injury-plagued seasons, and this is a great start. The Retrievers forward played the passing lane and took the ball, shook off a pair of defenders, and then somehow curled a shot between two red jerseys and past a diving keeper. The individual effort on this one was simply off the charts, and it opened up the scoring in what was eventually a 3-2 double-overtime win for UMBC.