The Charleston Battery’s Joe Kuzminsky became the second goalkeeper in the USL Championship’s history to score in a game on Saturday night as his dramatic stoppage time equalizer earned the visiting side a point in a 1-1 draw against Loudoun United FC at Segra Field.
Trailing late, the Battery earned a corner kick on then left, which led to the 28-year-old Kuzminsky joining the attack for the visitors. After narrowly missing an initial header at the near post, the goalkeeper was first to react after a header by Brett St. Martin in the center of the penalty looped goalward, with Kuzminsky on hand to ensure the ball crossed the goal line to level the game.
“I’m still kind of in shock,” said Kuzminsky. “As soon as the ball came in, I challenged the first one, then that ball popped up and I challenged again, then it fell to me and I chested it in. It was crazy.”
Kuzminsky’s goal was the first by a goalkeeper in the Championship since its inaugural season when Neal Kitson scored for the Rochester Rhinos against Antigua Barracuda FC at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua on June 6, 2011.
“This is the type of thing that can really turn a season around,” said Kuzminsky. “If we take the positives from this, learn from the negatives, keep pushing forward and keep working hard towards our next match, this is could be a big point and momentum shift for us.”