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Girl plucked from stands scores equalizing goal for Scotland’s national women’s soccer team

Sep 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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Imagine that you’re watching a college basketball game between Stanford and UCLA, and a member of the Bruins’ coaching staff walks up to your seat in Section 12 and says: “Um, hey, did you bring your Nikes? ‘Cause we need you to play the two guard.”

That’s basically what happened to Sarah Crilly, a 20-year-old from Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland who was plucked out of the stands to play for that nation’s national soccer team in an international friendly against Norway last week. And of course you knew it had to happen — Crilly scored the equalizing goal in the match that ended in a 2-2 tie.

Crilly, a player for the Hamilton Academical women’s team (sort of a youth division of the Scottish Women’s Premiere League), had been asked to help out at practice with the national team the day before. Crilly:

“At the end they said I should come and watch the match. So I was standing with all my friends waiting on a cup of tea when the team administrator came up and asked if I had my boots with me. I didn’t.

“So she took me to the changing rooms, and got me kitted out. The shorts were way too big and baggy, and I was wearing three pairs of socks. I must have looked ridiculous.”

Normally such roster shenanigans wouldn’t be allowed, but it was approved because the match was a friendly. Even though it was Scotland’s final tuneup match before the qualifying round of the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship, which makes this all somewhat serious and surreal.

Moral? I’m going to the Giants game tonight and bringing my glove.