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Fayetteville Fury soccer Nate Brady SportsCenter-worthy goal against Memphis Americans

Fayetteville Fury goalkeeper Kenny Perkinson eyes the action during a match against the Memphis Americans on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022.

When Fayetteville Fury goalkeeper Kenneth Perkinson heaved a pass to Nate Brady across midfield during Saturday’s indoor soccer match at the Crown, he didn’t expect to get an assist out of it. 

But he wasn’t completely surprised, either.

“Nate loves the spectacular,” Perkinson said of his teammate. “If he has a one-on-one, if he has a volley, he’s going to take it every time.”

Brady caught Perkinson’s toss off the bounce on his right foot and it didn’t hit the field again until it was behind the goal line.

The striker juggled past one defender, then another with a knee bounce, then kicked a laser off the volley that hit the near post and went into the net to give the Fury a 3-1 lead over the previously unbeaten Memphis Americans.

Fayetteville would go on to win Saturday’s game 7-5 and on Sunday, the Fury outlasted the Americans 4-3 in

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Billy Wagner’s son among Fayetteville Woodpeckers Astros prospects

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers made No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays this weekend thanks to a defensive gem from newcomer Chad Stevens.

In Saturday’s game at Segra, the 2021 MLB draft pick out of Portland fielded a chopper beyond the third-base line, pivoted mid-leap and overhanded a 150-foot-long heave from the outfield grass in foul territory to beat the Fredericksburg Nationals’ baserunner, who was subsequently ejected for arguing the call.

In Sunday’s matinee the next afternoon, Stevens made a diving stab from shortstop and popped up with a hard throw to first to rob Zach Cornell of a hit up the middle.

Stevens’ playmaking was an introduction of sorts. He is one of seven newly drafted players who joined the roster for last week’s homestand.

“Some of the guys that have been here will see them make a play and they look at me like, “Who are these guys?

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