April 17, 2024

Olimpico Goal Makes History for Women and Ireland at World Cup

  • Ireland captain Katie McCabe scored her country’s first-ever Women’s World Cup goal on Wednesday.
  • She found the back of the net directly off of a corner kick — a feat known as an Olimpico goal.
  • McCabe became the first player to score an Olimpico at a World Cup in more than 60 years.

Katie McCabe just made history for her country and her sport.

The Republic of Ireland star — who became the youngest-ever captain for “The Girls in Green” back in 2017 — scored her team’s very first World Cup goal just a few minutes into their group-stage match against Canada at the 2023 World Cup.

And she did it directly off of a corner kick — an incredibly rare feat known as an Olimpico goal.

McCabe lines up for a corner kick.

McCabe lines up for a corner kick.

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After Ireland earned a corner in the fourth minute of the contest, McCabe lined up behind the flag on the right side of the field, raised her hand, then delivered a strike with her left foot. The ball moved several yards in from the goal line as it soared into the 18-yard box, then bent back in towards the goal as it hung above the mass of players gathered in front of the net.

Canada goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan extended her right arm as she leaped into the air, but she just managed to graze the ball with her fingertips rather than redirecting the shot. The ball then pinged off of the far goal post and ricocheted into the back of the net.

 Check out the original replay from the broadcast:

Then the slow-motion shot:

And, finally, the angle from the corner:

US Women’s National Team superstar Megan Rapinoe has netted an Olimpico on two separate occasions at the Olympics, but McCabe’s mind-boggling goal was the first ever scored in the 32-year history of the Women’s World Cup.

And the history stretches back even further than that; not since 1962 has a player scored an Olimpico in a men’s World Cup. That’s 61 years ago, for those counting.

Despite the monumental feat, McCabe described feeling “bittersweet” after the match. Ireland went on to lose 2-1, mathematically eliminating them from continuing past the group stage of the tournament.

Katie McCabe reacts after Ireland's 2-1 loss to Canada at the World Cup.

McCabe reacts after Ireland’s 2-1 loss to Canada at the World Cup.

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“Of course it’s nice to score and get us off to a good score, but it’s the results that matter in this game, at this level, and in these type of tournaments,” the 27-year-old said. “I’m just heartbroken for the girls, because I felt like we deserved so much more from the game.”

McCabe and Ireland play Nigeria in Milton, Australia, Monday for their final match of the World Cup. Fans stateside can tune in on FOX at 6 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time).

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