She’s only 5-2 and 105 pounds, but there’s explosive power in Katelyn Godoy’s feet.
There’s visual evidence of that in a video that shows the Florida Christian junior kicking a 40-yard field goal, with no rush, at a practice field, booting the ball impressively high with her left foot.
Amazingly, Godoy had never kicked a football before — or since.
“My football friends just told me to try it, and we kept moving farther and farther back until it was 40 yards,” said Godoy, who added that she also has power in her right leg. “But I don’t know anything about football.”
She knows soccer, and there is statistical evidence — 19 goals with five assists last season as a sophomore, helping her make first-team All-Dade.
“She’s got a powerful leg,” Florida Christian soccer coach Simon Bazyler said of Godoy, who is getting recruiting interest from Florida Gulf Coast, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Stetson and others.
“I’ve been in goal [during soccer practice], and when she kicks it, I brace myself as if one of the stronger guys were kicking.”
Bazyler’s son, Josiah, has kicked 50-yard field goals in practice, and if not for his presence at Florida Christian, Godoy might have been fitted for shoulder pads.
Instead, she is the salvation for Florida Christian soccer. As a freshman, Godoy skipped high school soccer to concentrate on club, and Florida Christian went winless (0-12-1).
This season, Florida Christian got off to 5-7-1 start, and Godoy, 17, produced 20 goals and eight assists in 11 of those games. Of the Patriots’ first 35 goals, she had a role in 28 of them.
Godoy said she is often quadrupled-teamed, and her coach said she gets beat up quite a bit by aggressive defenses.
“Sometimes it’s five players on me but mostly four,” she said. “It’s kind of frustrating.”
Godoy, who has a 4.4 grade-point average and is interested in studying physical therapy, is usually defended one-on-one when she competes in elite club soccer with Sunrise U-17.
Her favorite player in the world is Argentine striker Lionel Messi of Barcelona FC, who inspires her because of his talent and his ability to overcome his own diminutive stature.
No matter what Gulliver Prep coach John Zambolla drew up inside the Ransom Everglades Middle School gym on Monday, he had no answer for St. Thomas Aquinas star 6-5 center Mary Katherine Moore.
Class 4A No. 6 Gulliver jumped out to a 22-13 first-quarter lead only to watch Moore spark Aquinas’ 40-37 come-from-behind victory at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic with a game-high 17 points, 18 rebounds and three blocked shots.
“Moore killed us,” Zambolla said. “She is 6-4, 6-5. Our biggest kid, who is a freshman, is only 6-2. We went to zone a little bit, but they were still able to get her the ball. At that size, no matter if you are in front her, she is huge.”
Gulliver raced to a 22-13 lead, sparked by Chloe Nixon banking in a shot while being fouled with 20.1 seconds left in the first quarter. Nixon completed the three-point play to cap a 9-0 run to close the first quarter.
With the score tied 36-36 and 2:47 left in regulation, Moore blocked Nixon’s shot leading to Nastolgia Smith racing down court for the go-ahead baseline jumper.
Aquinas guard Deneah Ambroise (seven points) converted two free throws with 2:19 before Moore tied up Carmila Wirshing on a drive to the basket with 1:31 left, preserving the 40-37 lead.
Mia Bellingherri’s steal with 36 seconds kept the door open for Gulliver to tie the score with a three-pointer. But Nixon’s desperation three-point attempt at the final buzzer fell short, sealing Aquinas’ comeback.
• St. Thomas Aquinas 40, Gulliver Prep 37: GP (19-4): Deutch 4, Bellingherri 2, Pyatt 2, Stjepanovic 13, Nixon 7, Wirshing 2, Thomas 4, Pagliery 2. STA (14-7): Moore 18, Datko 3, N. Smith 4, Carrabes 5, Ambroise 7, McNerney 3. Half: GP 26-22. Three-pointers: Carrabes 1, Deutch 1, Stjepanovic 3, Rebounds: Moore 17. Steals: N. Smith 3. Assists: McNerney 4.
• MLK Classic, Lourdes 75, Deerfield Beach 57: LOU (14-7): Jordan 37, Vidal 17, Sosa 7, Minervino 6, Kunkel 4, Couto 4. DB: Hadler 23, Powell 11, Swinton 7, Walker 5, Price 4, Williams 3, Smith 2, Griffin 2. Three-pointers: Jordan 8, Vidal 2. Rebounds: Jordan 11. Steals: Minervino 6. Assists: Kunkel 5.
• MLK Classic, South Miami 70, Central 18: SM: Garcia 2, Ka. Brown 10, Cummings 6, Gil 12, Yanes 4, Graham 15, King 5, Ayerdis 1, Delgado 4,Evans 11. CEN: Britt 2, Williams 6, Jones 3, J. Knowles 4, A. Knowles 3. Rebounds: Evans 10, Brown 10. Steals: King 4, Graham 5, Cummings 4. Assists: Graham 4.
District 15-5A quarterfinals at Memorial Field: Miami Beach vs. Southwest, 4; Coral Gables vs. South Miami, 6
District 15-2A quarterfinals at Ransom Everglades: La Salle vs. MAST,4:30; Booker T. vs. Mater Lakes, 7
GMAC quarterfinals at Booker T. Washington: American vs. South Dade, 3:30; Ferguson vs. Booker T., 5; at South Miami: Coral Reef vs. Miami High, 6; Norland vs. South Miami, 7:30.
Pinecrest Prep at Keys Gate, 3:30
Somerset Aca. at Archbishop Curley, 4
Palmer Trinity at Ransom Everglades, 4
Redland Christian at Miami Christian, 4:30
Edison at Mourning, 5
Westland Hialeah vs. Hialeah Gardens, 5
Northwest Christian vs. Hollywood Christian, 6:30
Miami Palmetto vs. Coral Park, 7:30
St. Brendan vs. Mater Academy Charter, 7:30
Divine Savior vs. Princeton Christian (PRC), 5
Somerset Charter (Homestead) vs. Redland Christian (Redland Christian), 5
Greater Miami Academy vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 5:30
Somerset Academy vs. Archbishop Curley (CUR), 5:30
Archemedian vs. Keys Gate (Keys Gate), 6
Doctors Charter vs. Dade Christian (DC), 7
LaSalle vs. St. Brendan (STB), 7:30
Westminster Christian vs. Miami Christian (MCS), 7:30
Sunset vs. Southwest (SW), 7:30
Goleman vs. Westland Hialeah (Westland Hialeah), 7:30
Mater Academy Charter vs. Westwood Christian (WWC), 7:30
Belen Jesuit vs. Florida Christian (FCS), 7:30
Hillel vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7:30
Northwest Christian vs. Hollywood Christian, 8