Hickman junior Bank Prommoon plays soccer wearing a piece of protective gear on his right forearm. He said it causes him to lose his balance during games.
It didn’t stop him from becoming the hero Tuesday night.
In a matchup between powerhouses, Prommoon scored the winning goal with 30 seconds left to lead the Kewpies to a 3-2 win against Marshall at Cosmopolitan Park.
Hickman improved to 11-2-3 while dropping the Owls to 10-2.
Prommoon took a pass and put it past goalkeeper Cristian Barcenas. Then, he lifted his shirt over his head in celebration as his teammates congratulated him.
Prommoon said the goal was his proudest moment of the season.
“We had a great play, working it up there,” he said. “(Senior) Cole Riley passed it to me. When it got to me, everything slowed down. So many things raced through my mind. I was just like, ‘I have to put this in, I can’t let my teammates down.’
“This is probably the best team we’ve played so far. It is probably the best moment of the year.”
Prommoon had surgery about two months ago to correct a problem that he said could have caused him to develop arthritis at a young age.
“This thing gets heavy,” he said. “I lose my balance a little, but I try not to let that bother me.”
After a sluggish first half, the scoring picked up in the second half. Hickman took a 1-0 lead at 59 minutes when sophomore Jordan Cox set up junior Jay Johnson on the left side.
“We just told the kids at halftime, ‘Guys, play like you’ve been playing,’” Kewpies coach Jon Strodtman said. “We came out and we got a goal.”
Marshall responded, though, as junior Ryan Guthrie tied it nine minutes later.
In the 76th minute, senior Michael Moesel scored his first goal of the season off senior Ben Tanner’s corner kick to put the Kewpies in front. Moesel said he was relieved to score the goal not only because it put Hickman ahead, but also because his teammates had been giving him a hard time about not scoring more.
“It felt pretty amazing,” he said. “I’m always getting ragged on in practice about not scoring, so it’s good to finally put one in. Thought we had the game winner there for a sec.”
Marshall wasn’t done. Freshman Jose Aguilar raced down the right side of the field and tied the game with an unassisted goal in the 80th minute. That set it up for Prommoon.
“This team stayed together as a group,” Strodtman said. “And they won as a group.”