The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Fort Worth Vaqueros FC midfielder Jamie Lovegrove’s June 23rd goal against FC Brownsville has been selected as the 2018 NPSL Goal of the Year. The selection was made through online voting by teams, media members, fans, and supporters.
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“It’s funny because it was the same day as Toni Kroos’ free kick,” Lovegrove commented. “I got the ball roughly the same position and thought I might have a go here, and I did. I want to thank everyone that voted and to win the award means a lot to me, can’t wait for next season. Let’s go Vaqueros!”
Lovegrove proved to be one of the NPSL’s most dangerous strikers in deadball situations this summer with four goals off restarts and a fifth off a penalty kick, so it’s little surprise that one of his signature free kicks would earn Goal of the Year honors.
A native of the United Kingdom, Lovegrove attended Hazelwick School in Crawley, West Sussex. He started playing professionally when he was 16 and was with Crawley Town FC from 2006 to 2008. He came to the U.S. when he was 19 and played for Richland Junior College for two years before joining the Dallas Sidekicks. He played in 28 matches at Richland, accounting for five goals and four assists on his way to NSCAA NJCAA Division III All-America honors.
Lovegrove last played for the Sidekicks during the 2016-17 MASL season. In his 55-game MASL career, he compiled 81 goals and 42 assists. Recently he finished up the indoor season with the San Diego Sockers, tallying four goals and one assist in five games. He has been with the Vaqueros for two seasons and has scored 10 goals in each.
The 2018 NPSL Goal of the Year occurred on June 23, 2018 at Farrington Field against FC Brownsville. Lovegrove lined up for the restart from 13 yards out on the right edge of the Brownsville penalty area. Rather than sending the cross in for a header, Lovegrove bent the strike around the Coyotes wall. The driven shot sailed past the Brownsville goalkeeper and into the far side of the goal. The 41st-minute strike proved to be the game-winner in the 2-1 Vaqueros victory.
“Jamie had a few world-class free kick goals this season but this one resonated with the fans since it was a similar goal on the same day as the World Cup goal by German National Team player Toni Kroos that kept Germany alive in group play,” Fort Worth Vaqueros owner Michael Hitchcock added. “On behalf of the Fort Worth Vaqueros family, we’re happy for Jamie to receive this well-deserved recognition. He’s a great player, but just as important a great person and incredible ambassador for the club and sport of soccer.”
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