By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
We kick off our girls soccer week of #MHSAA Moments with one of the brightest stars in MHSAA history.
Laura Heyboer graduated from Hudsonville Unity Christian in 2008 with 167 goals, and she remains tied for sixth-most over a career all-time. Certainly, the last she netted to finish her junior season was among the most memorable.
With the 2007 Division 3 Final against Flint Powers Catholic tied 2-2, Unity’s Mindy Capisciolto took possession of a short Powers goalie kick and moments later sent in a cross that Heyboer collected in front of two defenders. Heyboer then sent home the game winner 7:25 into extra time to give the Crusaders a 3-2 win, their third-straight Division 3 title and 82nd straight win.
Heyboer scored all three of her team's goals in the Final. She'd also score the overtime game-winner in the 2008 Final against Williamston.
Unity’s title streak would reach six seasons, though 2010. Its winning streak would stretch to 86 games the following season, as the team won its first four games of 2008 before tying the fifth. The Crusaders also still hold the unbeaten games streak of 98, building to 97-0-1 before suffering a defeat that spring.
Heyboer would go on to set the career scoring record at Michigan State and play professionally and for the U.S. U-23 national team. She currently coaches at Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. Capisciolto played at Calvin College.
Read more about the 2007 championship game from the Grand Rapids Press and watch the winner below from the MHSAA Network.
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 – Feet Rule on Soccer Throw-In - Listen
In basketball, when a player is inbounding the ball, his or her feet have to be behind the line when passing the ball. Their feet can’t be touching the line.
But in soccer, a player just has to be on the line to complete a throw-in – even if their heels are both barely touching the line and the majority of their body is in the field of play.
It is considered a legal soccer throw-in if any part of both feet is either touching the line or behind the line, including if the player does a somersault or front-flip style throw-in. As long as they flip and land with both feet on or behind the line and throw the ball – it’s a legal throw-in.