Sky Blue’s Rocky Has NWSL’s Fastest Goal

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Sky Blue FC's Raquel Rodriguez. Photo: Jeffrey Auger

Upon further review, Rocky is now officially the fastest draw in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

The league confirmed that the goal scored by Sky Blue FC’s Raquel Rodriguez is the fastest tally in NWSL history, timed at 24 seconds. The former Penn State star, whose nickname is Rocky, set the record on June 18 in Sky Blue’s 3-1 road win over Portland Thorns FC.

“We are delighted to hear that Sky Blue FC is being acknowledged with the fastest goal in league history,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “The goal was a true team effort and shows everything about the team ethic and mentality of our players. We really appreciate the NWSL for putting in their due diligence to ensure that the goal received this distinction.”

The Rodriguez goal was the result of a very aggressive start against Portland. On the play, forward Sam Kerr gathered a rebound on the right side of the penalty area before turning and playing a hard roller towards Rodriguez. Seeing space in front of her, the Costa Rica international quickly stepped into a powerful shot that slotted past Portland netminder Adrianna Franch.

The new record is less than a second under the previous mark, which was accomplished by FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak against the Boston Breakers on July 9, 2015. The NWSL released a video (see below) that shows just how close the two goals were in comparison, with Rodriguez scoring in 24.76 seconds and Tymrak finishing at the 25.73-second mark.