Weir’s long punt from his own box has been voted the NPSL’s 2016 Staples “Make More Happen” Goal of the Year! Congratulations, Mark!

FC Wichita hosted the Shreveport Rafters on July 6 in the opening round of the 2016 National Premier Soccer League Playoffs. In the dying moments of the match with Wichita up 2 nil, the Shreveport keeper came up to help attack on a late corner kick in search of a consolation goal. FC Wichita GK Mark Weir easily collected the cross and… well just see for yourself…

“To win goal of the year is a great feeling for anyone, but to win it as a goalkeeper it is extra special. I didn’t expect it, as I was up against some brilliant goals all across the country. It’s an honor to win such an award, and I’m proud to have kept it in Wichita following Kevin’s goal last year. I would like to thank everyone, especially our players, staff, and great fans for their support and votes.

Playing for FC Wichita was a great experience and loved every minute of my time there. To sign off my summer with this award, and the goal being in our final home game of the year was a great way to end the season in front of our great fans.”

Voted on by fans of the NPSL, the year’s top goal earns a $1,000 donation to a local charity (to be announced at a later time) made possible by Staples. Weir’s big boot also earned a ton of attention across many major networks including ESPN and FOX Soccer. See how far his punt really traveled below!

This is the second consecutive year FC Wichita have scored the NPSL’s Goal of the Year. A long bomb by Wichita native Kevin Ten Eyck, also in the final home game of the season, collected the most votes last year.


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