Avon Field Hockey Player Scores Incredible Goal

AVON, CT (WFSB) — She’s the heart of her Avon field hockey team.

However, she never plays.

Until this season.

When she did, it was a moment that transcended sport and resonated with victory on and off the court.

To understand Kaylie Murphy, just see her smile.

Fifteen-year-old Kaylie has autism.

She loves sports and being part of a team.

This year, she was on the field hockey team.

“She’s a player. She’s part of the team,” coach Terri Ziemnicki said.

During a game earlier this season with Avon winning 5-0, his coach had an idea.

“She was sitting on the bench. and I said it was the perfect time to put Kaylie on. So, I went to the stands, told the mom she could put Kaylie on and she said okay,” Terri said.

Her sophomore teammate Leah Cuyler entered with her.

“I was so happy that she was out there in the spotlight in that college game. She seemed so happy there and it made me happy,” Leah said.

What happened next was unplanned and unexpected.

That’s exactly what happened, and cellphone video captured it all.

Kaylie stepped into the game and with her teammates by her side, cheering her on every step of the way, they set her up and she did the rest, scoring a goal!

“Kaylie, did you jump up and down, did you score?” asked Eyewitness News.

“I scored,” Kylie said.

“You scored points. Were you happy?” News asked an eyewitness.

“Yes,” Kaylie said.

His biggest cheerleader is his mother Michelle. She stepped down to the sidelines and through tears saw her daughter’s triumph.

“It was so great then and it’s just now that I’ve had more time to process it, it’s more than I could have ever imagined,” Michelle said.

From his teammates to opposing team East Catholic, they all created this moment in a special sportsmanship that makes everyone a winner.

Catherine J. Martinez