Arturo Romero ♦ Muskegon Oakridge
Soccer ♦ Junior
Arturo Romero needed all of a month to rewrite Oakridge’s single-season scoring record – and he’s not done yet. Romero scored all six goals during a 6-1 win over Fremont on Aug. 31, bringing his season total to a school record-setting 28 goals after just nine games. He added four more goals in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Ravenna, which also was his seventh-straight game with three or more goals.
Romero joined the varsity as a freshman and earned Division 3 all-state honorable mention as a sophomore. His six goals against Fremont will make the MHSAA record book, he needs just seven more goals to make the single-season list, and he’s carrying the second-longest hat trick streak in MHSAA boys soccer history. Oakridge is 8-1-1 and 2-0 in West Michigan Conference play.
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(Photos courtesy of Arturo Romero.)
Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment – Kickoff Goal - Listen
We’ve got a 2-1 soccer game at halftime, and the trailing team is set to kick off to start the second half. The teams get lined up and number 11 from the trailing team gives it a healthy boot. It flies, untouched by any other player, and gets past the goalkeeper into the back of the net. They start celebrating, thinking they’ve tied the game at 2. But should they be?
Can a team score directly from kickoff? They can. There are a number of ways soccer teams can score. A goal can be scored directly from a kickoff, a corner kick, and a direct free kick.
Goals cannot be scored from an in-direct free kick or a throw-in. But from a kickoff? Count it!