Romagnolo leaps for joy after first goal
Alex Romagnolo has seen a few Green Bay Packer games in his day.
As a result, he’s seen a few “Lambeau Leaps” as well.
After scoring his first goal of the season for the University of San Diego Toreros in a 3-0 victory over UCLA on Friday, the former South Tahoe High defensive stopper made like a Packer and jumped into the stands.
Only Romagnolo had to run all the way back down the field to celebrate with his Torero fans.
“I was dying after I did the celebration,” said Romagnolo. “One of my roommates gave one of my old jerseys to some old buddies who were sitting in the front row. I told them if I scored, I would come over and jump into the stands.”
San Diego coach Seamus McFadden has seen a variety of goal celebrations during his 23 years with the Toreros. Romagnolo’s extra conditioning, however, didn’t cause a stir.
“He teased me about it, but he was excited about the goal, especially since he moved me to the back this season. I haven’t had too many scoring opportunities, so he was pretty happy,” Romagnolo said.
Other than a couple of games at midfielder, Romagnolo has spent a preponderance of the season starting on defense. His scoring chances have come on free and corner kicks, with the defense pushing up into the box.
Romagnolo also assisted on a goal as the eighth-ranked Toreros raised their record to 7-1 in front of 1,847 spectators. That goal was by Romagnolo’s roommate Sy Reeves.
“That was pretty cool,” he said. “He hit the upper V. I gave him a bad time that he had to show me up, but at least I had the assist on it.”
Eric Wunderle scored the Toreros’ first goal 3 minutes into the match. Wunderle also struck the cornerkick that Romagnolo received and settled. With his back to the goal, the former Northern Nevada 4A defensive player of the year turned and fired it in.
Romagnolo’s friends and family will have a more convenient chance to watch him play Friday when the Toreros visit Santa Clara for a 7 p.m. match.
“It would be great to get some fans out there,” Romagnolo said. “Hopefully it will be a good showing.”
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