DANVILLE — The Danville Vikings soccer team found the back of the net seven times Monday night en route to a shutout victory over the Bismarck Henning Blue Devils.
But one goal stood out among the rest.
After four different Vikings scored four goals in eight minutes, Danville senior Paul DeArmond was in position to put in Danville’s fifth goal of the night when he was fouled inside the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick at the game’s 66th minute.
The crowd watched on as DeArmond faced Bismarck’s goalie, Jacob Daisy, a mere 12 yards away. DeArmond strode toward the motionless ball, planted his left foot and delivered a forceful blow to the back of the ball, sending it into the right side of the net while the goalie sailed left.
His teammates immediately surrounded him in a congratulatory huddle to celebrate his first-ever high school goal.
“My heart was pounding,” Paul’s father, Craig DeArmond, said about the moments leading up to his son’s first goal. “I was thinking, I know you can do it, buddy. I know you can do it.”
While Craig had absolute confidence in his son’s ability, he had no clue which side Paul would choose, and no one else did either.
“I made it to the right … to the side,” Paul said.
When asked if he chose to go right to follow in the footsteps of a soccer-playing role model, he said. “(Going right) was my own thing.”
Paul said that he has been dreaming of burying his first goal ever since he joined the soccer team.
But he wasn’t the only person who has been waiting for and wanting this moment. Danville head coach, Chris Griffin, has been envisioning Paul’s first goal ever since he first stepped on the pitch four years ago.