Boss Man Casually Steps Over Defender Before Unleashing Bicycle Kick In NCAA Tourney

For the second time in the men’s program’s history, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats have reached the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. The feat was accomplished Sunday after a 4-1 victory over North Carolina with every goal being scored in the first half.

New Hampshire defender Bridger Hansen opened the floodgates in the 23rd minute with one of my favorite bicycle kicks of all time. I’ve seen hundreds over the last few years — each one exhilarating in its own right — but I’ve never seen one that begins with the high-stepping of a prone defender. Style points achieved. 

The chilena earned Hansen a spot on Monday morning’s SportsCenter Top 10.

Hansen was a 2020-21 MAC Hermann Trophy Award Semifinalist, First-Team All-American and the America East Defender of the Year. 

New Hampshire’s overall record for the season is now an impressive 17-1-2, but the Wildcats face their sternest challenge yet in the Round of 16 on Sunday, Nov. 28, against No. 1-ranked Oregon State. The Beavers beat St. John’s 2-0 on Sunday.

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