As William Le walked down the hallway at James Island Charter High School on Wednesday afternoon, a classmate slapped his hand.
“Hey man, you’re a celebrity,” the classmate said.
Le and his Trojans soccer teammate, Yasir Al-Kameshki, have yet to enter the Kardashian zone of Internet celebrity. But they and the rest of the James Island team are getting a taste of fame as video of their amazing double bicycle kick goal from Tuesday night grabs attention.
The video was picked up Wednesday by USA Today, Sports Illustrated and MaxPreps, among others, and ESPN contacted Trojans coach Todd Robinson about airing the clip.
“I hope it makes the Top 10 plays on SportsCenter,” Le said. Which it did.
The play, which came in the first half of James Island’s 3-1 win over Ashley Ridge in the Class AAAA playoffs, is certainly SportsCenter-worthy.
“I’ve watched it five times already,” said Shilo Tisdale, coach of the Wando boys’ soccer team. “It’s a world-class goal.”
Robinson said he stayed up late Tuesday night, searching the Internet for something similar.
“I couldn’t find anything quite like it,” Robinson said. “It was unique and something we’ll never see again.”
The play began with Al-Kameshki, a senior from the country of Oman, operating near the right sideline. He used an athletic bicycle kick — kicking the ball back over his head while flipping in the air — to cross the ball in front of the goal.
There, fellow senior Le picked the ball out of the air with his own bicycle kick and sent it into the net.
On the video, James Island players jump in the air as they realize what had happened.
“The reaction was utter disbelief,” said Robinson. “The first bicycle kick is remarkable in itself, because it’s so athletic. And then when Le follows it up so cleanly, on a 1-2 play like that ... it was amazing.”
Le, whose family is from Vietnam, said he decided to try a bicycle kick as he saw the ball coming toward him.
“I’m always messing around with bicycle kicks, so I tried it,” he said. “I fell and looked back, and then I realized it was in. Then I got up and celebrated. Everybody is saying they’ve never seen anything like it.”
Robinson, whose team is 14-4 heading into a Thursday night match at nationally ranked River Bluff, said the spectacular goal reflects the level of high school soccer in the state.
“It’s everywhere,” Robinson said. “The players are getting better training from the time they begin to play, and they are exposed to more soccer on TV. They see things and try things, and now these guys have done something even professional teams can’t pull off.”
The goal also is indicative of the teamwork that a diverse set of players has developed this season, Robinson said. Roman Brockman, who has signed with College of Charleston, moved in from Georgia just before the season, and the Trojans have players with families from Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela in addition to Oman and Vietnam.
There’s also an exchange student from Spain on the team.
“It’s a great melting pot, and it’s all because of soccer,” Robinson said.