In a Southland [New Zealand] senior women’s soccer game on Sunday, 14-year-old student Alex McIntosh slotted 12 goals in the one game. In doing so, she led the Old Boys women’s team to a whopping 25-nil win over Queens Park. The Invercargill teen was all smiles after the match.
It is Alex’s first year playing senior football and her 12 goals on Sunday took her season total to 16.
Alex – who is the second-youngest player in the Old Boys women’s team – is regarded as one of Southland’s more promising soccer prospects but her deeds on Sunday took that status to a new level.
Southland soccer official Ken Cresswell agrees the 12 goals in just the one game was a remarkable individual feat that he hadn’t heard of before.
“Yes, I’ve heard of 12 goals in a game before, but not by one player,” he said.
Alex said it was not until after the game, when told by her coach, that she realized just how many goals she had racked up.
“I stopped counting after two,” she said with a smile yesterday.
Alex’s 12-goal effort pips another remarkable individual display just a few weeks ago when her older schoolmate Mary Fraser scored 11 goals in a game playing for Queenstown in the Southland competition.
Mary holds the edge over Alex on the overall standings, though, with the Queenstown player scoring a massive 30-plus goals to date in the 2011 club season.
Alex and Mary are part of a crop of promising players Southland soccer is working with extensively in training.
To put her feat in perspective, the record for the most goals scored by a single player in an international game is held by Australian Archie Thompson, who scored a whopping 13 goals in a World Cup qualifier against American Samoa on April 11, 2001.