Soccer Star Keegan Balle Nominated by ESPN Sport Science

The impressive — and seemingly improbable — kick that propelled Rutgers–Camden’s men’s soccer team to the Division III national championship has been recognized by ESPN Sport Science.

Keegan Balle’s game-winning goal on a 230-foot free kick in the Division III semi-final against Loras College was nominated for an ESPN Sport Science Newton Award, named in honor of “science’s first MVP,” Sir Isaac Newton.  The goal gave the Scarlet Raptors a 3-2 win and their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III men’s soccer national championship game.  It also preserved Rutgers–Camden’s undefeated season.

Balle is nominated for “Best Projectile Launch” along with golf pro Zach Johnson, Broncos kicker Matt Prater, Warriors 3-point king Steph Curry, and Braves slugger Evan Gattis.  The first edition of The ESPN Sport Science Newton Awards premiered on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 16. The ESPN Sport Science Newton Awards will honor athletic achievements in nine categories, including “Best Catch,” “Best Flight,” “Outstanding Agility,” “Outstanding Reaction,” “Best Projectile Launch” and “Outstanding New Limit.”

See Balle’s goal here.

For more about the team, visit our Raptortude page.

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